A: If all of your teeth are missing, or if the teeth you have are beyond saving, you may need partial or complete dentures.
It takes a team of people to manufacture one set of dentures. From your dentist’s office to the lab, dentures are the result of measurements, impressions, fittings and adjustments. The denture-making process involves several appointments over a typical period of six weeks.
First, you need a consultation. X-rays are likely to be taken at this appointment, as well as an exam and discussion of treatment options and costs. Dentists will preserve your natural teeth if at all possible, but sometimes it is necessary to extract teeth. After the extractions, your dentist may possibly make a temporary, immediate denture or recommend waiting a period of time to allow healing to occur before making the permanent, better-fitting denture.
To begin the denture-making process, impressions are needed to make a model of your jaws. Next, your dentist will try in the wax mold. You and your dentist can make any adjustments to the tooth shade, shape and fit before the permanent dentures are completed.
The final step is seating the dentures. Your dentist can make any necessary adjustments to insure a proper fit. Your dental professional will give you instructions on how to care for your new dentures.
In October, we will focus on what to expect with dentures.
Information provided by Dr. Christopher W. Blanchard, Blanchard Family Dentistry, 820 West Summit St., 462-4474.