Cobblestone Park Family Dental

Our Guide: The Process of Getting Dentures

Dentures, or false teeth, are prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth. If you’re considering getting dentures, it’s important to understand what to expect throughout the process. As experienced dentists, we’ve guided many patients through the journey of getting dentures at our Oklahoma City family dental clinic.  

Transitioning to dentures involves several steps, from initial consultation to the fitting and adjustment period. During your first visit, we’ll discuss your oral health history, examine your teeth and gums, and determine the best course of action for your specific needs. Every patient’s needs are different, and we’re ready to help! The benefits of dentures to oral, physical, and mental health are significant and worth the process.   

If you have any questions about dentures from the Cobblestone Park Family Dental team, please contact us. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and share any concerns you may have; we believe open communication is key to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction with the denture process.

Types of Dentures

Several types of dentures are available through our OKC dental practice; each type is designed to serve different needs and preferences. The two primary categories are partial dentures and full dentures. Both types consist of replacement teeth attached to an acrylic base that closely matches the color of the gums. Beyond this, each type is unique.

  • Partial Dentures: Utilized when some natural teeth remain. Partial dentures attach to the remaining teeth and blend into the smile. Partial dentures restore oral function for chewing and speech, and they fill empty spaces where teeth are missing. If partial dentures are used, the Cobblestone Park team will recommend a plan to keep your remaining teeth healthy. 
  • Complete Dentures: Utilized when all natural teeth are missing. Also called “full dentures.” These replace an entire set of upper or lower teeth. They also fully restore the ability to chew food, improving digestion and nutrition.

When you come for your appointment, our team will assess your needs, and we will determine the best path forward for your dentures. Creating a plan for your smile restoration is always the first step. For some, that may mean partial dentures, but for others, complete dentures are needed. 

As we discuss your plan, our dentists may mention a few types of denture attachment methods. These are:     

  • Immediate (Temporary) Dentures: These are fabricated in advance and placed immediately after tooth extraction, allowing immediate tooth replacement. If you have to have a tooth removed as a part of your denture process, you can think of the immediate denture as a bandaid that keeps your gums healthy and protected after the extraction. Additionally, the temporary denture will help you speak and eat after the extraction until your mouth is healed and your permanent dentures are ready.   
  • Conventional Dentures (Also Called Overdentures): These are custom-made to fit your mouth after any necessary extractions and healing time. These are removable dentures that are secured into place using a strong adhesive. At Cobblestone Park, we’ll scan your mouth, take precise measurements, and then send all that information to a dental lab to create perfect dentures.  
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: These dentures involve attaching the prosthetic tooth to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone, providing increased stability and functionality. 

We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each option during your consultation to determine the best fit for you.

Preparing for Dentures

Before getting dentures, there are a few steps to prepare for the process. This may include dental extractions, oral health assessments, and mouth impressions. If extractions are necessary, we’ll ensure you’re adequately numbed and comfortable throughout the procedure. After extractions, the gums will need time to heal before impressions can be taken for your dentures. 

During the healing period, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene and follow any post-extraction care instructions provided by Cobblestone Park dentist. This helps prevent infection and ensures a smooth transition to dentures. 

Additionally, we’ll discuss any dietary restrictions or lifestyle adjustments you may need to make during this time. Proper preparation sets the stage for successful denture placement and improves the overall experience for you as the patient.

The Denture Fitting Process

Once your mouth has healed, we’ll proceed with the denture fitting process. This involves taking precise measurements and impressions of your mouth to create custom-fitted dentures. We’ll work closely with you to ensure the dentures’ color, shape, and fit meet your preferences and provide a natural-looking smile.

During the fitting appointment, we’ll place the dentures in your mouth and make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper fit and comfort. It’s normal to experience some initial discomfort or difficulty speaking and eating as you adjust to wearing dentures. However, with time and practice, most patients adapt well to their new prosthetic teeth.

Throughout the fitting process, we encourage open communication to address any concerns or discomfort you may experience. Our goal is to provide you with dentures that look and feel natural, allowing you to smile, speak, and eat with confidence.

Adjusting to Dentures

Adjusting to life with dentures may take some time. Still, you can enjoy the benefits of a restored smile and improved oral function with patience and perseverance. Initially, you may experience increased saliva production, sore spots, and difficulty speaking or eating certain foods. These are expected side effects that typically diminish as your mouth adjusts to the dentures.

We recommend practicing speaking and eating with your dentures in place to ease the transition. Start with soft foods and gradually reintroduce harder textures as you become more comfortable. Maintaining regular dental check-ups is also essential to ensure your dentures continue to fit correctly and address any issues that may arise.

With proper care and maintenance, dentures can last for many years, providing you with a functional and aesthetically pleasing solution for missing teeth. Our team supports you every step of the way, from initial consultation to routine maintenance and adjustments. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your dentures – we’re here to help you achieve a healthy, confident smile.

Caring for Your Dentures

Proper denture care is essential for maintaining oral health and prolonging the lifespan of your prosthetic teeth. Remove your dentures daily and clean them thoroughly with a denture brush and mild soap or denture cleaner. Be sure to brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled brush to remove plaque and bacteria.

When not wearing your dentures, store them in a denture cleaning solution or water to prevent drying out and warping. Avoid using hot water and harsh chemicals, which can damage the denture material. Additionally, be mindful of any changes in the fit or comfort of your dentures, and schedule an appointment with us if adjustments are needed.

Regular dental check-ups are essential for monitoring the condition of your dentures and addressing any issues before they worsen. We can also provide professional cleanings and adjustments to ensure your dentures continue to fit correctly and function optimally. So make sure you bring your dentures with you each time you come for an appointment.  

By following these care guidelines and staying proactive about your oral health, you can enjoy the benefits of your dentures for years to come.

Ready to Get Dentures in Oklahoma City?  

Getting dentures is a significant step towards restoring your smile and oral function. Understanding the process and what to expect allows you to approach the journey with confidence and peace of mind. The denture process at Cobblestone Park Family Dental in OKC is focused on your comfort and health from start to finish. 

From initial consultation to denture fitting and beyond, our Oklahoma City-based family dentistry practice team is dedicated to providing exceptional care and support every step of the way. Our practice prioritizes patient satisfaction and strives to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for everyone who walks through our doors. 

If you’re considering dentures or have any questions about the process, reach out today – we’re here to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.