Posted on: 9 February 2015Share
The process of receiving a new pair of dentures used to take several days or even longer. However, thanks to technological advancements in the area of denture fabrication, many clinics are now able to offer patients same day services. If you are considering the use of a same day denture clinic, the information outlined below can help you to know exactly what to expect when arriving at the clinic to get your new pair of dentures.
Step 1: Take A Dental Impression
The first thing that your dentist will do upon your arrival to the clinic is to take a dental impression of your remaining teeth and surrounding tissue. This impression is then sent off to the lab so that they can begin the process of fabricating a custom pair of dentures for you.
In order to give the lab as much time as possible to fabricate your dentures, expect the clinic to schedule you for an impression as early in the day as possible. If you are unable to arrive at the clinic early in the morning, your impression will still be completed but there is no guarantee that your dentures will be ready the same day.
Step 2: Perform Necessary Extractions Or Repairs
If any of your natural teeth need to be extracted or if you have cavities that must be filled, this dental work will be completed next in order to ensure you are ready to receive your new dentures. In most cases, any required extractions or repairs will be completed directly after taking an impression of your mouth. This will allow as much time as possible for any swelling to subside before you are fitted with your new pair of dentures.
After having your teeth extracted, you will need to avoid eating or drinking until after any local anesthesia has worn off. Consequently, you should always be sure to eat a good meal before arriving at the clinic to have this work completed.
Step 3: Receive Your Dentures
After completing any extractions and repairs, the rest of this process will essentially be a waiting game. Typically, dentures will begin arriving from the lab by early afternoon. However, these dentures may not arrive in the same order that you were seen in the morning so be prepared to exercise patience.
Once your dentures arrive, the dentist will place the dentures in your mouth and inspect them for a proper fit. If minor adjustments are required, these adjustments will typically be completed in the office to allow for a fast turnaround time. However, if major adjustments are required your dentures may need to be sent back to the lab to have this additional work performed. While this is a real possibility that you should be prepared for, you should also know that this is extremely rare since it can often take several days or weeks before all of your swelling goes down and your dentist is able to effectively judge the fit of your dentures.
For more information, contact a local denture clinic.