What to Expect When Getting Dentures

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What to Expect When Getting Dentures

Even after discussing it with your Shreveport dentist, you may still view getting dentures for the first time with a bit of trepidation. Sure, they will definitely be aesthetically pleasing, and you know you’ll eventually adjust to them so you can use them just like (or almost like) you would your natural teeth. However, some nagging fears continue to assail you.

To help ease your dentures-related anxieties, we’ve spoken to a tooth extraction expert in Shreveport, Louisiana so you know exactly what to expect when getting dentures. Please read on and be enlightened.

The fear of missing teeth

You may be worried about how long you’ll have to walk around toothless. If aesthetics is a major concern for you, you need to check early with your dentist whether or not you can have a temporary or immediate set. often a temporary set is the solution.

You may have heard of same-day dentures. This is when the final tooth extraction is normally scheduled in the morning to ensure the dentures are done come late afternoon or in the evening.

Some dentists deliberately do not offer temporary sets and would prefer to do the fitting in a few days’ time for the following reasons:

  • Give your gums time to close up and heal
  • To ensure a better fit
  • Mentally prepare you for your actual dentures

In any case, all expectations will be laid out on the table from the outset to ensure the outcome is satisfactory for you, the patient.

The denture casting process

When your dentist takes an impression of your normal bite, your mouth will be filled with an expandable material or a bite mold made of wax. This serves as the “model” or basis for your dentures so it needs to be accurate. This is a very careful but painless process.

At this stage, you will also be consulted regarding the tooth color you want. In this case, it is always better to choose a shade closest to your natural tooth color.

The waiting period

So how long does it take for your dentist to produce the dentures you need?

Depending on your dentist’s practice and lab arrangements, you may get your dentures in a few days or after a few weeks. Again, this should be clear from the very beginning so that there is no frustration on your part during the waiting period.

Adjusting to Dentures

So let’s say the long wait is over and now you’ve moved to the “getting dentures” phase. Getting used to your “new teeth” will certainly take some time. In relation to normal teeth-related functions like biting, eating and speaking. You may also have to visit your dentist a couple of times. You will need to go in for various little adjustments to ensure your dentures fit you perfectly at all times.

Whatever happens, you need not worry about getting your dentures done correctly. Dr. Kacos is skilled in fixing dentures that don’t fit properly as well as placing new ones. You should know; you already have a Shreveport dentist you can trust.

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