When considering how to restore their smile after tooth loss, many patients may have questions about treatment options like dentures. We want to make sure that you have all of the facts you need to make an informed decision. There are some common questions that come up from prospective denture patients, and it can be helpful to have an idea of what to expect from the treatment process as well.
What Patients Want To Know About Dentures
- Are dentures uncomfortable? Dentures that are custom-designed based on a collaboration between a dentist and a dental laboratory have a comfortable fit, unlike standard appliances used in the past. You may even forget that you’re wearing dentures!
- Will my dentures look natural? The materials used to create modern dentures share many aesthetic qualities with biological tooth enamel, so these dentures do have a lifelike appearance.
- Will I be able to eat and speak normally with my dentures? The customized fit of dentures also facilitates more effective and efficient chewing, along with more natural speech patterns.
- Does insurance pay for dentures? Insurance coverage varies from patient to patient, so there’s no single answer to this question. Rest assured that our diligent billing staff will work to maximize your benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket costs, though!
Denture Treatment Process
When first getting dentures, many patients also are unfamiliar with the treatment process. It can be helpful to know what to expect so that you can get the best outcomes of your treatment. The first step in getting dentures is to have an evaluation by your dentist. At this appointment, your smile will be examined and photographed, and dental impressions may be taken, as well. The patient has a great deal of input into certain aspects of the denture design, so be sure that you are satisfied with characteristics like the shade of the teeth.
The information gathered at the consultation is then sent to the dental lab that will create your appliances. You return to the office to be fitted with the dentures when they have been returned from the lab. It’s important to note that you may have some mild discomfort in the first few days as your gum tissue adjusts to the dentures. However, if you have persistent or enduring pain with your appliances, check in with us to see if they need to be refitted.
Are you looking for more information about dentures? Call Aesthetic Dental Partners and speak to one of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members to get answers to all of your questions.