We always tell our patients that “dentistry is not one-size-fits-all.” Our patients, at Westermeier Martin Dental Care, spend time with our dental staff who prepares a dental treatment plan tailored specifically for their individual needs. The dental treatment plan highlights all of the dental work your dentist recommends and lets you determine how you want to address your dental treatments in a way that is comfortable for you both physically and financially. If you need dentures, one of your questions will likely be, “How will my dentures be fitted?” your dentist will explain the procedure.
Just as a dental treatment plan needs to be unique to you so, too do your dentures.
How will your dentures be fitted?
Before your dentures are fitted you will have a consultation with one of the dentists at Westermeier Martin Dental Care. He or she will examine your mouth to first determine whether you are a candidate for dentures. Once the examination is complete, your dentist will cover your medical history with you. The final, and in some aspects, the most important part of the process is to let your dentist know what your expectations of the entire procedure are. You want to discuss this so that you and your dentist are both on the same page and working toward the same dental outcome. “How will my dentures be fitted,” as you can see, is a unique process.
If you and your dentist determine that you need to have teeth removed prior to getting dentures you will make arrangements to do that. The dentures will be fitted at the end of the extraction with the time frame for that depending on the type of dentures you choose. If you have no teeth or are currently wearing dentures, your dentist will have to make an assessment of your gums and gum health.
How are the dentures made?
Once your dentist has determined you’re a candidate for dentures, a mold will be made of your gums. This mold, or impression, is used as a blueprint for the dentures and will ensure your dentures are custom made to your individual gum and jaw.
If you have chosen an immediate denture, this will be fitted right away. It will have been fabricated during your initial visit, before any teeth are removed. The benefit of this is your dentures will be ready and waiting when you have undergone any necessary extractions.
You will have to visit your dentist several times during the healing process so he or she can check your progress as well as to refine your denture.
Contact our office to make an appointment to see if you are a candidate for dentures or if dental implants are the best option for you, your dental health and your dreams for your smile.