I would like to get a denture, where do I start?

The first thing you need to do is make an appointment with your dentist, they have the right knowledge and experience to suggest a denture that would work for you – they should also discuss other restorative techniques that could help rebuild your smile. During the initial consultation, the dentist will examine your teeth to make sure an acrylic denture is suitable for your oral condition; they are on the lookout for any signs of decay or infection that need to be dealt with before moving forward with your treatment. The dentist also needs to check that your teeth are in a healthy state to support a dental appliance like a denture; if you don’t have enough healthy teeth remaining for some reason, then you might have to consider other options. It’s not enough to just have natural teeth in your jaw, if they are in any state of disease or decay, they won’t be strong enough to hold a denture in place for any great length of time and your treatment would ultimately fail.

The initial examination for getting a denture is not usually painful or particularly invasive, so you won’t need to be sedated or anaesthetised, unless you have an extreme phobia of the dentist and dental surgery. Furthermore, it should only take a few minutes, if there are no other conditions complicating matters. If you have gum disease or any cavities affecting your teeth, then this will extend the treatment time slightly, but it is definitely necessary to treat these factors first, otherwise you won’t get very good results in the long run. So be patient and be prepared to wait a few weeks while the dentist gets your teeth in a healthy enough state to properly support an acrylic denture.

Will I need any teeth extracting?

It’s quite possible that there may be some teeth that are badly placed and need to be removed, or there could be some that have become compromised by decay and these would also have to be extracted. It might not seem like removing teeth that are otherwise perfectly fine is the best idea, but if there are some that would interfere with the way the denture works, then it is considered pertinent to extract them before they cause further problems. The best thing you can do is put some trust in your dentist; they have the training and expertise to fully prepare your teeth for the upcoming treatment; call the Pearl Dental Clinic if you would like to book an appointment with a top-class dentist, who knows exactly what they are doing. Arrange a consultation today and start down the road to a better smile tomorrow!

What happens after that?

The anchoring teeth that will support the device then have to be reduced slightly in size; this makes it easier for technicians to form a comfortable denture that will slip over the top of them. This will involve shaving away several sections of the enamel to make the tooth smaller; this should not take long and it probably won’t require anaesthetic – depending on the extent of the remodelling required.

The next stage of denture treatment is to take an impression of the teeth, which will be used at the dental laboratory; it is important that this part of the process is performed accurately, otherwise the appliance will not look natural or function correctly – it may also be painful for the wearer. The dentist should take some photographs of your teeth and perform a series of x-rays to make sure the manufacturers have all the relevant information to build a denture for you.

Moulds of your teeth will be made using dental putty and plaster; this might feel a little bit strange at first but it is not painful and it only takes a few minutes to complete. The putty is loaded into a plastic tray and pressed against the teeth until it is dry, but still somewhat pliable, so it can be peeled away from the mouth in one piece. By building an exact replica of your teeth out of plaster, the dentist can ensure that your denture is a perfect fit for both appearance and function.

With your first appointment complete, the next step is to wait for your acrylic denture to be made, which normally takes three to four weeks – during which time you can receive any further treatment you may need, such as extractions of significant re-shaping. It is important to reduce the risks of infection after any type of surgery, so the dentist may wish to wait a little bit longer if you have had other treatments in the interim.

How is an acrylic denture fitted?

When your appliance is ready, you can return to the clinic to have it fitted, which shouldn’t take longer than an average appointment – however, it does depend on how much surgical treatment you have had in previous sessions. A lot of patients report feeling uncomfortable with the device to begin with as it is clipped over the anchoring teeth, but this is just because it is unfamiliar to their teeth and it only takes a few minutes to get used to the sensation. If there are any painful areas that are making things difficult, you should point this out to your dentist before they fix the denture in place permanently – adjustments can be made at a later date, but it’s definitely easier to mention it beforehand. It’s possible that you may notice some irritation or rubbing in the few days after getting your denture; most people find that this passes after a few days as the denture becomes more flexible around your speaking and eating habits.

Initially, you may feel self-conscious about speaking or smiling with your denture in place – particularly if you have been living without teeth for some time – however, you will quickly get used to shaping words around the new denture, and you will probably find that chewing is much easier with a full set of teeth working together. Don’t feel shy about showing people how your smile has improved, it could change the way you look at yourself for the better.

How to find us?

 

5 Vale Parade, Kingston Vale

Kingston Hill, London SW15 3PS

 

Pearl Dental Clinic

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