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An Introduction To The Dentures Process

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If your dentist has recommended that you get dentures, you might be anxious about the process. However, there is nothing to be worried about. Here is an overview of the dentures process to help ease your mind.

The Diagnosis

Your dentist will probably recommend dentures if you are missing teeth. If you are only missing a few teeth, they might suggest that you get a partial set of dentures. However, if you are missing an entire set of teeth (either upper or lower), then you might want to consider a full set. Your dentist will be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Alternatives

There are quite a few different ways of dealing with missing teeth, but dentures are generally the most cost-efficient and simplest.

Implants are extremely permanent solutions involving the installation of synthetic roots. They are meant to last a lifetime, but are also prohibitively expensive.

Invisalign is another solution similar to traditional dentures, with the main differences being that invisalign is more expensive and more difficult to adjust after the initial manufacture. However, invisalign tends to offer more aesthetic appeal and the comfort of being easily removed.

A third option are bridges, which are another permanent solution. They are used to replace sections where only a few teeth are missing via fake teeth and crowns. Basically, bridges use crowns on partially damaged teeth "bridged" together by fake teeth in the missing gaps.

How They're Made

First, all of your damaged teeth must be extracted so that the gum can heal. Once the gum has reformed, which can take several months, your dentist will be able to create accurate molds of your gums. These molds will be used to manufacture a custom-fitted set of dentures. 

This is an ongoing process, so you will need to visit your dentist several times during this process in order to create the most accurate dentures possible. 

However, in the meantime you should be able to get a set of immediate dentures, which is a temporary solution. If you are too uncomfortable with missing teeth, then you can ask your dentist about your options.

After a few months, the final product should be done. Your dentist will install them and educate you about their proper maintenance.

Final Recommendations

If your dentist or a place like Langford Denture Clinic recommends dentures for you, then you should strongly consider their advice. Dentures are nothing to be afraid of, and can lead to a vastly increased quality of life.


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