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When Can I Expect My New Dentures?

June 26, 2024

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There’s something about having plans that just makes life a little more exciting. Whether you’re expecting a package, you have an upcoming date night on the calendar, or you’re eagerly awaiting a new pair of dentures, anticipating something good can do wonders for your mood.

If you’re expecting a new pair of dentures soon, you may be wondering how long you’ll have to wait before they’re ready to wear. Here’s a general timeline for when you can expect them to arrive.

The Denture Process Timeline

Unfortunately, getting new dentures isn’t as easy as clicking “add to cart” and receiving them two days later. The entire process takes multiple steps, each of which varies in length. Here are some of the steps you can expect to take on your journey.

  1. Dental exam: At your initial appointment, your dentist will inspect your jaw and any remaining teeth and determine if you need teeth pulled. They will also determine if you are a good candidate for a partial denture or if you would be better suited with a full set.
  2. Extraction: If your dentist has decided you need to remove any teeth, this must be done before your dental impressions can be made. You must fully heal from any tooth extractions first, so plan on waiting around six to eight weeks before this next step.
  3. Impressions: When you are ready for impressions, your dentist will then make a mold of your mouth. This only takes a few minutes and can be done right in your dentist’s office.
  4. Bite check: Once your impressions are complete your dentist will do what is known as a bite check. This ensures that your dentures will align properly so that you can speak and chew with ease. At this time, you can make any necessary adjustments to your tooth shape and size. You can even choose the color!
  5. “Try In”: Once your impressions are sent to the lab, you will get a model pair that you can try to ensure that the fit is correct and that you are happy with the overall look and feel. If you need any changes, you may request them at this time, or you can approve the model as is.
  6. Manufacturing. Now that you’ve given the go-ahead on your new dentures, the manufacturer will custom craft your pair. This can take between three to six weeks.

How Long Will My New Dentures Take?

In total, from the date of your first appointment to the moment your dentist presents you with your new dentures can take upwards of six months. This, of course, will depend on several factors, including the type of dentures and if you will need any teeth pulled prior to placing your order.

In a Hurry?

If you need temporary dentures or you don’t want to wait for a traditional pair of dentures, there is a product known as immediate dentures that can be ready sooner. These prostheses arrive a lot faster, but you must have your back teeth removed six to eight weeks in advance of your appointment.

Implant Dentures

Implant dentures are a more permanent solution to traditional dentures. They attach to your jaw via a screw-like post, just like with dental implants, however they are connected to each other like dentures. They provide a more secure fit than regular dentures and can only be removed by your dentist, but they are easier to clean, more durable, and require less maintenance than traditional dentures.

They do take a bit longer than typical dentures, however, as you must have the screws implanted in your jaw prior to their installation, so you will need to factor in time for surgery and subsequent healing before you can have them attached.

Whether you’re looking for a new pair of regular, immediate, or implant dentures, timelines will vary. Thankfully, you’ll soon have a beautiful new smile to look forward to!

About Dr. Lively

Dr. Dustin C. Lively strives to live every day better than the last, a philosophy he carries forward in everything he does at 333 Dental Care. Whether providing quality care to a patient needing a routine exam or helping customize a pair of highly anticipated dentures, Dr. Lively and the team want to help improve your smile and your life.

To schedule an appointment for a new pair of dentures, please visit our website or call 580-563-6048.

A Better Bite? How Dentures Affect the Quality of your Diet

May 30, 2024

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When you are missing teeth, it can significantly impair their capacity to eat the things that you love. There are far fewer foods you’ll be able to eat without the full use of your teeth, which can have an impact not only on your nutrition, but on how much you can enjoy your meals.

That’s why, when patients get dentures, they’re often excited by the prospect of being able to eat more foods than they could before. If you’re curious, here’s what you should know about how dentures may affect your nutrition.


How to Care for Your Dentures

May 14, 2024

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person caring for dentures

If you’re missing multiple teeth or even an entire set, dentures could be the solution for you. They’re a popular choice for replacing missing teeth and can typically last between five to ten years. However, to ensure they stay in good shape for as long as possible, proper care is essential. Here are four simple tips for cleaning and maintaining your dentures.


Aesthetic Upgrades: 3 Cosmetic Procedures to Perfect Your Grin

March 4, 2024

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Woman with brown hair pointing to her smile with two fingers

When you’re anxious about how others will perceive you, it’s hard to feel good about yourself. Having flaws in your teeth can leave you feeling so self-conscious that you try to remain tight-lipped or avoid interacting with others. Fortunately, your dentist can address aesthetic imperfections with cosmetic dentistry to boost your confidence. Before you can move forward, though, it’s important to establish what you’d like to improve so you can pick the right treatment. If you’re not sure where to start, keep reading to learn about 3 popular procedures that can upgrade your grin!


Invisalign and Teeth Grinding: Can They Mix?

February 10, 2024

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Someone holding their Invisalign aligner

In recent years, Invisalign aligners have advanced considerably. These clear aligners have always been sleek and subtle, but for a long time they fell short of traditional braces in dealing with many common conditions. Bite problems, for example, could once only be solved by traditional braces; now, Invisalign aligners are capable of handling them with the help of specialized attachments.

However, many people who have bite issues also tend to grind their teeth at night, which leads them to be concerned about whether this could interfere with their Invisalign treatment. If you’re curious, here’s what you should know about that prospect.


Retainer Regimen: Your Guide to Post-Invisalign Retainer Wear

January 12, 2024

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A man with his Invisalign

Completing your Invisalign treatment marks an exciting milestone in your quest for a straighter smile. However, the journey doesn’t end there. You need a way to maintain your newly aligned teeth and prevent them from shifting back into their original positions. This is where wearing a retainer comes in.

If you’d like to know more about retainers and how they fit into your Invisalign treatment, continue reading.


3 Reasons Why Invisalign Might Not Fit and What to Do About Them

December 18, 2023

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Close-up of hand holding an Invisalign aligner

The aligners used for your Invisalign treatment are each designed to fit snugly over your teeth. Sometimes, though, you may try to put in an aligner only to discover that it doesn’t seem to fit like it should. What can you do to make sure that this problem doesn’t disrupt your treatment? Below is a quick look at 3 reasons why your Invisalign aligners may not fit and what you can do to solve the issue.


Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Root Canal Treatment

November 8, 2023

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person holding their cheek in pain

If you’re grappling with a tooth harboring a severe infection, your dentist may propose a root canal as the optimal solution for saving and restoring the tooth. Despite its unwarranted reputation for discomfort, root canal therapy is, in fact, a nearly painless procedure. The urgency of addressing an infected tooth through a timely root canal cannot be overstated, as delaying this treatment can have detrimental consequences for your overall oral health. Delve into the details of root canals and the reasons why seeking prompt intervention is crucial for maintaining your oral well-being.


Is it True that Root Canals Cause Cancer?

October 5, 2023

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3D render of a root canal

Dentistry as a whole unfortunately is often maligned, and no treatment more so than root canals. For some reason, this treatment has an incredibly bad reputation, one that it frankly hasn’t earned.

While most people have heard the myth that root canals are painful, there are other untrue things that are maybe a bit less well-known, but even more harmful.

One that’s surprisingly widespread is that root canals will somehow increase your chances of developing cancer. Here’s where that belief may have come from, and why you shouldn’t pay much mind to it.


Are Root Canals Painful?

September 12, 2023

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person who needs root canal holding cheek

Are you concerned about the pain associated with root canal therapy? Let’s debunk the myths and explore the reality of this dental procedure. Root canal therapy is designed to address issues like infected or damaged pulp within a tooth’s root, providing relief from pain and preventing further infection. Despite common misconceptions, the truth about root canals may surprise you. Read on to learn more about the pain, or lack thereof, associated with this dental treatment.

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