I need dentures. Where do I start?

Getting dentures is a significant decision, and it’s important to start the process with the guidance of a dental professional. Here are the steps you can follow to get dentures:

  1. Consultation with a Dentist: Start by scheduling an appointment with a dentist, preferably one who specializes in prosthodontics or dentures. During this initial consultation, the dentist will assess your oral health, discuss your options, and determine if dentures are the right solution for you.
  2. Oral Examination: The dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. X-rays may be taken to assess the condition of your teeth and bone structure.
  3. Treatment Plan: Based on the examination results, your dentist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This plan may include options such as full dentures, partial dentures, or implant-supported dentures.
  4. Discuss Costs and Insurance: Inquire about the cost of the dentures and any associated fees for services such as extractions or impressions. Check if your dental insurance covers any part of the treatment, and discuss payment options.
  5. Impressions and Measurements: If you decide to proceed with dentures, the dentist will take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are used to create custom-fitted dentures that match the shape and size of your mouth.
  6. Fabrication of Dentures: The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians will create your dentures according to the specifications provided by your dentist.
  7. Fitting and Adjustments: When the dentures are ready, you will return to the dentist’s office for a fitting. The dentist will ensure that the dentures fit comfortably and make any necessary adjustments.
  8. Oral Care Instructions: Your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to care for your dentures, including cleaning routines and dietary recommendations.
  9. Follow-Up Appointments: It’s essential to attend follow-up appointments with your dentist to ensure that your dentures fit properly and address any issues that may arise.
  10. Adjusting to Dentures: It may take some time to get used to wearing dentures, especially if you’re new to them. Be patient and follow your dentist’s advice on how to adapt to eating, speaking, and maintaining your oral hygiene with dentures.
  11. Maintenance: Dentures require regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent problems like staining, odors, and wear and tear. Follow your dentist’s recommendations for cleaning and care.

Remember that getting dentures is a significant dental procedure, and the process can vary from person to person. It’s crucial to have open communication with your dentist and ask any questions or express any concerns you may have throughout the process. Dentures can greatly improve your quality of life by restoring your ability to chew, speak, and smile confidently, so it’s worth taking the time to ensure they are fitted and maintained properly.

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  1. Dr Jaffe Dr JaffeAuthor 04/22/2024
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