Getting dentures is a good treatment option if you have lost your teeth or extracted them because of injury, disease, or other reasons. Dentures are removable artificial replacements for missing teeth created in a laboratory after taking the impression of your mouth and the color of your teeth. You may opt for full or partial dentures, depending upon the number of teeth required to be replaced.
The Procedure for Getting Dentures
Our dentist will guide you during the tooth removal phase and also suggest you proper aftercare to make you feel comfortable and relaxed during the process.
Mouth impressions are taken to create a custom denture that fits you to perfection. The 3D images of the teeth, gums, and jaw ridges will be taken for this purpose.
Our dentist also uses wax blocks to get an idea about your biting action. You can pick the shape and color of your new denture during this process. After this, the artificial teeth are set in wax to give you a better idea of how the final results will appear.
This step involves fitting the dentures into your mouth and instructing you about the aftercare. Our dentist may as well give you an immediate denture once your teeth are removed.
Expectations While Getting Dentures
First 24 hours of the procedure
If you have opted for immediate dentures, you can wear them right after the process of teeth extractions. Our dentist will give you antibiotics and pain relievers to combat the pain. Do not remove the dentures during the first 24 hours of the procedure, as your gums need to heal. You can remove your dentures after 24 hours before sleeping. Eat softer foods such as cheese, macaroni, mashed potatoes, etc.
First two weeks of the procedure
Most patients tend to develop sores on the gums during the initial few days of wearing their dentures. Expect more saliva than normal, and your gum tissues may contract. For this reason, we advise you to visit our dentist and get your new dentures timely. Continue eating softer food to keep pain at bay.
After two weeks of the procedure
It may take some time for your tongue, gum, and cheeks to adjust to wearing dentures. But after two weeks, you will notice reduced sore spots and less saliva discharge than before. If you further need adjustments with your dentures, visit our office and get in touch with our dentist.
Aftercare of the Dentures
Caring for your dentures is similar to that of your natural teeth. We advise you to brush your dentures every day to remove the deposits of plaque and tartar and keep odor away. Submerge the dentures in a denture cleanser or water when not in use.
Please reach out to our dental practice in San Antonio, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Shepherd. Please call us at (210) 820-0400 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.