What to expect when getting new dentures
New dentures are the perfect way to replace missing teeth, complete your smile and restore your confidence. The process of getting dentures for the first time can be quite daunting and it can take some time to get used to wearing new dentures. To help you prepare, here’s everything you need to know about getting new dentures.
Which teeth do new dentures replace?
If you need to replace all of your teeth, you can get full dentures that replace all of the upper/lower teeth. However, if you only need to replace one or some of your teeth, partial dentures can be created to fill those specific gaps in your smile.
How do you get new dentures fitted?
During this first appointment you’ll be able to chat with Kevin, your Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) and discuss all options available when having new dentures.
This is the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have. At the end of this appointment you can book further appointments and begin treatment if you so choose. Alternatively, you can go away and think about your options, with one of our information packs containing everything you need to know.
Impressions (taking a mould of your mouth)
This is the beginning of your treatment, and where Kevin will take moulds of your mouth using a putty like material known as “alginate”. From here we are able to create a plaster model of your mouth and create all the components and elements needed to give you the perfect denture.
Having new dentures: The “bite” stage
This is where the relationship between your upper and lower jaw is registered. Using specialised materials and techniques, Kevin will accurately record the relationship between the jaws and from there can ensure that the dentures you are having, will be well fitted and can more importantly function correctly.
Depending on the range of denture that you have gone for, Kevin may take some additional impressions today, using some of the top material available to really ensure the best fit.
“Try in” stage
The fourth and often the most exciting appointment! Here you get to try in your new denture in wax form. At this stage we can change and alter any aspects that aren’t quite right or that you aren’t entirely happy with, once again ensuring that you get the best smile possible and have everything exactly how you want it.
You can also take the wax trial denture home at this stage to show family and friends for a second opinion if you choose. It’s important to remember however, that the dentures can not be used at this stage and they are still only in a wax form.
Final fit stage
This is your final appointment and when you get to leave with your new dentures. Kevin will fit your dentures carefully and make any adjustments needed.
You will be sent away from this appointment with all the relevant information and advice you need. Of course, we’re always here for any follow-up appointments needed for adjustments etc and we urge you to call us on 0115 941 7052 if any issues (no matter how small) arise.
Adjusting to your new dentures
Once you’ve had your new dentures fitted, it may feel strange to eat or speak for a few weeks. This is perfectly normal but if you’re concerned at any point, please do not hesitate to call us.
Here are some tips to help you adjust to your new dentures
Eating with new dentures
- Eat soft foods
- eat small pieces of food
- Avoid spicy food that can irritate sores in your mouth
Speaking with new dentures
- Read aloud to practice speaking
- Speak slowly until you’re more used to your dentures
- Bite and swallow before speaking to remove excess saliva in your mouth
New Dentures FAQs
How long does it take to get used to new dentures?
As a general rule, it takes about 30 days to get used to new dentures but it varies for each person.
How much do new dentures cost?
Our new dentures start from £595 for acrylic partial dentures, £1295 for full dentures and £1999 for single suction dentures. A full description and written explanation of our costs are available during your free consultation.