Same Day Denture Clinics: A Step By Step Guide To Getting Your New Teeth
It used to be that if you wanted to get a new pair of dentures, you would be required to return to the dentist for multiple appointments over the span of several months. During this time, you would spend several weeks without any teeth at all while you waited for your dentures to be fabricated. Consequently, it isn't hard to understand why so many patients are excited about the introduction of same day denture clinics.
However, despite the optimism that surrounds these clinics, many patients are still a bit hesitant to get the new dentures they require. In many cases, this is because patients struggle to understand how a process that once took several months is now being completed in a single day. If you are amongst these patients, taking a moment to review the step-by-step guide below can help you to better understand how this process works.
Step 1: Create A Mold And Send It To The Lab
When you first arrive at the denture clinic, the dentist will make a mold of your existing teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues. The purpose of this mold is to allow the lab to fabricate a pair of dentures that is perfectly fitted to your mouth. Furthermore, thanks to the ability to create dentures that mimic the size and shape of your existing teeth, your denturist will be able to provide you with a far more natural-looking pair of dentures.
Once the mold is complete, your dentist will quickly send the mold to the lab where the fabrication of your new dentures will begin immediately.
Step 2: Perform Any Necessary Extractions
After sending your dental mold off to the lab, your dentist will perform any tooth extractions that are necessary. Patients who are receiving partial dentures to replace already missing teeth will not need to undergo this step. However, patients who will be receiving a full set of dentures may need to have several teeth extracted at this time. For these patients, it is important to eat a good meal before arriving at the clinic, as they will be unable to eat or drink anything until after the local anesthetic that is used during the extraction process has worn off. This can take several hours.
Step 3: Receive Your New Teeth
During the mid to late afternoon, dentures should begin arriving from the lab. Oftentimes, these dentures will arrive in a different order than when they were sent in. Consequently, it may be impossible for your dentist to give you an exact time of when your dentures will be ready.
Once your dentures arrive at the clinic, your dentist will take a few moments to check the fit of your new teeth and make any minor adjustments that may be necessary. Once these adjustments are made, you will be free to go out and share your new smile with the world.
If you have undergone any tooth extractions as part of this process, your gums may be extremely swollen. This can make it difficult for your dentist to determine whether your new dentures are really a good fit. Consequently, if you experience a lot of pain or discomfort over the next several days, it is always best to return to the denture clinic in order to ensure your dentures don't need to be adjusted.