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The Process Behind Getting Partial Dentures

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What steps are involved in receiving partial dentures? 36 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, so the question intrigues many people.

The partial denture process is relatively straightforward. Yet it’s far easier than you would believe to have partial dentures that resemble your real teeth’ appearance and feel.

This article will look closely at what to anticipate throughout the partial denture procedure. With this information (and the right advice from your dentist), you’ll be prepared to achieve excellent dental health while enhancing your smile aesthetically.

What are partial Dentures?

Did you know that the typical American will lose 12 permanent teeth by age 50?

Partial dentures—a dental prosthesis that replaces one or more lost teeth—have become very popular. Traditional dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, but partial dentures are made to fill the spaces where teeth are missing. Your confidence in your abilities to eat, speak, and partial dentures restore your smile!

Partial dentures support your remaining natural teeth and assist with basic oral hygiene. They help prevent tooth shifting, which, if left unaddressed, can result in further tooth loss or other dental issues.

Why Do Dentists Recommend Partial Dentures? 

Patients frequently ask why partial dentures could be preferable to full dentures while having them fitted. Dentists may not need to make patients’ full sets of dentures if only a few teeth or a tiny portion of the mouth needs to be addressed. Another patient group who can benefit more from partial dentures is one who:

  • Maintain your good dental habits
  • Keep your natural teeth in good health
  • Refuse to undergo dental implant surgery
  • Want to repair their missing teeth in an economical manner

How Does Obtaining Partial Dentures Work?

Keep reading to understand better getting a partial denture and what to expect at each process stage.

Step 1: Consult

When you visit, your dentist will evaluate your dental health to discuss getting partial dentures to determine whether you’re a good candidate. If not, the dentist will advise a different course of therapy, such as dental implants.

Step 2: Impressions

Taking an impression of your teeth is the next step if your dentist suggests partial dentures so that a custom-made partial denture may be constructed. To guarantee that partial dentures fit your mouth precisely, making them involves a series of specific impressions. They record every particular feature of your mouth, such as the size of your jawbone, the distance between your teeth, and the shape of your teeth and gums.

Usually, dentists will take an impression of your mouth using a soft, putty-like material. The imprints will then be delivered to a dental lab for fabrication.

Step 3: Test-out

You will need to visit the dental clinic once your partial dentures are finished so that your dentist can assess how well they fit. A “try-in” visit lets you see how your dentures will feel and look before they are created.

Your dentist will put the partial denture in your mouth during the “try-in” procedure and make any required modifications. Correct partial denture fitting is crucial since ill-fitting dentures can lead to various issues, including mouth ulcers, gum inflammation, and trouble speaking and chewing.

Step 4: Final fitting

You will return to the dentist’s office a few weeks after following up on your try-in session so they may review the fit of your partial denture before you take them home.

Every patient has different questions and worries about partial dentures, and your dentist is more than willing to allay any of your worries! Any last-minute inquiries can be addressed during the final fitting before you leave with your new, head-turning grin.

How Long Does It Take to Get Partial Dentures? 

Each patient’s partial denture procedure is different. The waiting period typically lasts eight weeks on average. The time it takes to produce your partial dentures can vary depending on customizations, fittings, and the manufacturing procedure.

What is the turnaround time for partial dentures? Here is a timeline of how long a partial denture process is expected to take for each step:

  • Impressions (first visit) 
  • Jaw relation data (two weeks)
  • Wax (try-in) (two weeks)
  • Delivering dentures (two weeks)
  • Follow-Up (Two Weeks/As Needed) 

Follow All Care Instructions After Getting Partial Dentures

Proper aftercare is essential for partial dentures to be successful. Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions following your final fitting. Following these guidelines may make the most of your new dentures and prolong their useful life.

Your dentist will instruct you on the following:

  1. Handle your dentures with care: Dropping a set of dentures can cause them to break. While not in use, always handle them gently and store them in their case.
  2. Clean your dentures: In the same way, natural teeth do, dentures can amass plaque and other detritus. Brush your dentures using soft-bristled and nonabrasive toothpaste to keep them clean. Let them soak in a denture cleaner overnight.
  3. Correctly insert and remove your dentures: Never force your mouth to accept dentures. See your dentist for an adjustment if they don’t fit comfortably. Use your tongue to assist you as you gently pull on the front edge of your dentures to remove them.
  4. Practice proper oral care: You should brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth daily and clean your dentures to help reduce plaque buildup that may result in gum disease.

Learn More About the Partial Denture Process At Cain Dentures Centers. 

Generally speaking, getting partial dentures is a simple process. You set up a few visits to get impressions and fittings after your initial consultation with your dentist. After the denture is created, you go in for a final fitting, where your dentist goes through how to take care of your new dentures and keep your mouth healthy.

The next step is to contact experts at Cain Dentures Centures to determine whether a partial denture is the best option for you now that you know how to obtain one. Whether you need partial denture surgery or another sort of therapy, our team of skilled dentists can assist you in determining the best strategy to enhance your oral health.

Make an appointment with us to learn more about partial dentures and how they can help you.

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