What Should I Expect When Getting Dentures?

If you are missing some or all of your teeth, Dr. Collier and her team at Indigo Dentistry are here to help. We are proud to offer a range of tooth replacement solutions, including dentures, to have you smiling with confidence once again. Here’s all you need to know about dentures and what you can expect. 

Dentures – An Overview

Dentures are prosthetic oral devices designed to replace missing teeth. Today’s dentures are nothing like those of the past. They are sleeker, more comfortable, and more functional than ever before, leaving you with a beautiful, confident smile. At Indigo Dentistry, we offer a range of denture options. Complete dentures are designed to replace one or both arches of missing teeth, while partial dentures complete your smile when some natural teeth remain. 

Complete Immediate Dentures: We prepare these restorations in advance and position them after removing any remaining teeth. During the healing period, your jawbone and gums will change in shape, so your immediate dentures will need relining and adjustments to continue to fit. Consider them temporary restorations so you don’t go without teeth a single day while waiting for healing to take place.

Complete Conventional Dentures: Conventional dentures are prepared after healing. That helps us work in the subtle details of your mouth, providing the best possible fit, comfort, and function. You may need to wait 6-12 weeks for your new restorations, but the superior results are well worth the wait. 

Partial Dentures: Removable partial dentures are alternatives to fixed dental bridges. They consist of one or more replacement teeth attached to metal frameworks that are connected to remaining natural teeth with the help of metal clasps or precision attachments. 

Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures offer a superior tooth replacement solution for some or all of your teeth. They are held in place by a number of dental implants, providing unmatched stability and function, comparable to your natural teeth. 

What Can You Expect with New Dentures?

It may take some time to adjust to your new dentures. They may feel strange at first, which is normal. You may also experience some soreness for some time. However, you won’t even notice your new dentures are there once your mouth, tongue, and facial muscles are used to them. You won’t need denture adhesives for well-fitting dentures. However, some of our patients prefer to use them for an added sense of stability. 

Eating and speaking with your new dentures requires patience and practice. Don’t be discouraged. Start by eating soft foods like bananas or mashed potatoes. Slowly introduce more foods, cut up into small pieces, and chew slowly to keep your dentures in place. Avoid eating hard foods that can damage your restoration. When it comes to speaking, you may find certain sounds more difficult to make than before. Practice speaking and reading out loud until you master the sounds once again.

You’ll come in for a follow-up appointment soon after placing your dentures. Make sure to note any sore spots so we can make any adjustments needed for your comfort. Avoid making any repairs or adjustments to your dentures so you don’t damage them. With time, the shape of your mouth may change, so we may need to reline your dentures to ensure they continue to fit and function. 

Dentures and Partials Near Me

If you’re missing one or some of your teeth, contact Indigo Dentistry to schedule a consultation. Dr. Collier and her team are committed to delivering quality, durable restorations that will enhance your smile for many years to come. We invite you to call us at (972) 779-0300 to schedule your consultation or request an appointment online today!