Even more on Dentures
As the name suggests, partial dentures are worn when not all of the patient’s teeth are missing and only some need to be replaced.
These dentures may be either tooth supported or tooth and tissue supported. Your dentist will be able to explain the differences and advise on the best option.
When your dentures are being fitted, the following steps are likely to take place:
Tooth removal: Your dentist will take you through the steps, explain what to expect, and can also offer advice for the period afterwards to keep you feeling comfortable and fully informed, if you need to have any teeth removed.
Impression: Moulds of your mouth will be taken in order to create a denture that’s tailored to you.
Bite moulds: Wax blocks are used to check that your biting action is comfortable. You may also be asked to choose the shape and colour of your new teeth at this point.
Wax models: Your new teeth are set in wax, helping you get a better idea of how your final denture will look and work.
Fitting: Your final denture is fitted and you will be given instructions about how you should care for it.
When you go for a consultation to discuss the look and feel of your new denture, it might be worth taking a loved one along for support. Taking some old photographs along with you can also help you to choose a set that match your natural teeth, helping you feel like you again.
If you decide to get fitted with an immediate denture after your teeth have been removed, your dentist will be able to give advice on this.