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What Is the Timeline for Getting Dentures?

January 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — carrollbutler @ 5:22 am
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When seeking a solution for missing teeth, sometimes the situation calls for dentures. After all, they could restore your smile, fill out the appearance of your face and profile, plus allow you to eat and speak much better than you can without teeth. If they sound like the improvement you’ve been looking for, your next thought might be to wonder how long the process will take from your consultation until your new restorations are in your mouth. Keep reading to understand the timeline for getting dentures in Kerrville.

Determine If You’ll Require Teeth Extractions

If no teeth extractions are needed, the process usually takes 3-4 appointments. Otherwise, it will be longer – extraction sites can take several months to heal. Once your mouth has recovered, your dentist can start making the dentures.

Plan to Have Your Temporary Set for a Period

Your dentist begins by making impressions of the ridges in your mouth. They will take measurements to ensure your bite pattern is correct. It is important that prosthetic teeth are the right length and width, or they can change your appearance. Your dentures will be fabricated in a lab, so for 2-3 weeks, you’ll have temporary dentures.

They’re Ready: Placement & Adjustment as Needed

When your new ones are placed in your mouth, sometimes further adjustments are required. To avoid sores from ill-fitting dentures, patients may have them adjusted regularly.

Are You a Viable Candidate for Dentures?

Now that you’re familiar with the process of getting them, how do you know if this is the oral health solution that aligns with your needs? Individuals who have suffered moderate-to-severe tooth loss may be candidates for full or partial dentures. Any necessary preliminary treatments like tooth extractions or gum disease therapy must be addressed before you are approved to get them.

In advance of committing to traditional full or partial dentures, you should ask your dentist about implant dentures. They gain support from small titanium posts surgically implanted in your jaw instead of natural suction or metal attachments. Implant dentures are sturdier and feel more natural.

When considering a new addition to your mouth with dentures or anything of the sort, it is important to understand what the process will entail and the right reasons to make a specific move. However, the only way to know for sure about what is the right choice for your smile is to schedule a consultation with your dentist.

About the Author

dDr. Carroll Butler has been working hard for the smiles of Kerrville patients since 1997. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Butler is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He offers full, partial, or All-on-4 dentures. Dr. Butler uses a CT scanner and digital impression technology, so your custom restorations feel natural. You can schedule a consultation on his website or call (830) 257-4900.

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