What are the steps involved in making a denture?
Dentures require several steps, as well as several visits to the office to complete, as well as for adjusting the denture for the best possible fit. A typical full or partial denture takes about X weeks for the full process to be complete.
Step 1: Your dentist will take an impression of your gums. If you need extractions before creating your denture, your dentist will wait until your gums have healed before taking the impressions.
Step 2: Wax rims are placed in the mouth to establish a proper bite and orientation (occlusion) of the teeth. Patients can then select the size, shape and shade of the teeth for the denture. Your dentist will help you to make this selection, but we also recommend having someone who knows you very well help make the selection. Your dentist will send the impressions, as well as the selection for shape, size and shade to a dental lab.
Step 3: Try-In: This is a critical step in the denture process. The dental lab will send a mockup of your denture, which includes a set of pre-made plastic teeth, set in wax, to make sure you are happy with the general color, look, fit and feel of the denture. If any changes are needed, additional try-in appointments may be necessary. Once the denture is made to your satisfaction, the try-in denture will be sent back to the lab to create the final denture. , we will always help to make sure you are pleased with your denture, and that it looks and feels as natural as possible. However, this is an important and final decision, and we strongly support bringing a spouse or friend who knows you well, and who will give you honest feedback about how the denture looks so you can make your selection with the greatest amount of confidence.
Step 4: This is the fitting of your final denture. The lab has now processed the premade teeth into a hard, tissue colored acrylic base. If necessary, your dentist will make adjustments to the fit and the bite, and you may need to return to the office if you experience any sore spots or issue within the next few weeks to have the denture adjusted.
If you need a tooth extraction, your dentist may recommend an immediate denture which is also sometimes referred to as a “practice denture.” Patients often wear these to help them get used to having dentures, and also as a temporary replacement during the extraction healing process which can sometimes take weeks or months. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth prior to the extraction and these impressions will be used by a dental lab to create your denture. With an immediate denture, your denture will be ready to wear right after your extractions have been completed. Immediate dentures typically require adjustment and relining, because they were made before any extractions, which can change the shape of your gums and jaw.
Cost and Insurance Coverage for Dentures
The cost of dentures can vary between immediate, full, and partial dentures, and if the denture is for one arch or for both.
If you have dental insurance, your coverage may include a new or replacement set of dentures. Our staff is happy to review your coverage with you to ensure you are maximizing your insurance benefits while minimizing any out of pocket expenses.