What to Expect During an Initial Denture Consultation
There are multiple reasons why someone might need dentures – age, speech problems, sports injuries and more. The most common reason for dentures is periodontal disease (also called gingivitis). In this case, the bone loss to the jaw is extensive enough that our teeth cannot be saved and are typically very loose. Having a full set of functioning teeth is an imperative part of life. If your dentist has recommended you get dentures, you are not alone. Millions of Americans comfortably wear dentures. According to the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, there will be around 37 ½ million people wearing full dentures by the year 2020. When it comes to your initial appointment, it’s common to be nervous; however, if you know what to expect in advance, you can confidently navigate through the consultation. Here are some tips:
After you’ve decided to get dentures, your dentist should perform a thorough examination to determine if your gum tissues are ready to accept these full or partial replacements. The first appointment usually lasts one to two hours, and a large portion is dedicated to getting to know you as well as understanding your unique dental needs. Family members and significant others are encouraged to attend the appointment with you.
When you call our Peoria office, our receptionist, Shawn, will interview you over the phone and help schedule your first appointment. Common questions include past and present dental health concerns and current contact information so a health history form can be mailed to you. Your oral health is a vital part of your total overall health, so come to your appointment prepared with a list of medications and completed medical history form and dental history form. Include medications you are currently taking as well as health problems you currently experience or have encountered in the past. Medications can affect your body, and the tissues in your mouth, in a variety of ways. In particular, certain heart and blood medications have the potential to lead to overgrowth of gum tissue and other possible complications.
Once you are given the green-light for dentures, your dentist will take the first set of oral impressions to ensure a perfect fit. The impression tray is filled with a bio-friendly impression material which is then placed gently on your jaw and firmly pressed for details. These trays mimic the shape of your gums and will be used to make a stone model for further fabrication of your new dentures. The entire process of making your dentures takes approximately 5-6 appointments. Your dentist should provide you with details of what to expect during each appointment as well as any specific instructions for your next visit.
Just like a pair of jeans, one size does not fit all. The experts at Dentures Par Excellence know that the same can be said about your dentures and take extreme care in providing the perfect pair that best suits your needs. Recognized as a national leader in his field, Dr. Richard June brings years of knowledge and experience to his patients in Central Illinois. With advanced training in Removable Prosthodontics, Dr. June is dedicated to providing superior reconstructive, esthetic and implant dentistry, so patients can walk away with a healthy, beautiful smile. Visit online today or call 309-693-7200 to set up an appointment.