How are dentures made?

Being fitted for your new dentures should be an exciting time, and your dentist will be on hand throughout to support you along the way and answer any questions you may have. Here, we guide you through the process between extractions, impressions and fitting.

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Condition check

Before you have any impressions taken, your dentist will need to assess the condition of your mouth to pick the most suitable course of treatment for you.

Your dentist will speak to you about whether you need to have any teeth removed before you can get fitted for your dentures. If you do, you will then need to allow time for your gums to heal, which varies depending on how many teeth you are having taken out. If you’re getting any remaining teeth removed, temporary dentures may be an option.

First impressions

Next, your mouth will be measured for size and first impressions will be taken to ensure your new dentures have a comfortable fit. More impressions may be done for any finer adjustments needed.

Choose your look and feel

You know what suits you best. In this stage, together with your dentist, you’ll pick the colour, shade and fit of your new dentures, base and new teeth. We suggest bringing along an old photo as a reference to make your new dentures look like your natural teeth. Once decided, your dentures can be made.

The right fit

Now that your dentures are ready, you’ll have a fitting. Here you get to try them on and see how they look, fit and feel. If something doesn’t feel quite right, talk to your dentist about any necessary adjustments.

Book regular checkups

It can take time to adjust and feel comfortable with your new smile. Regular check-ins with your dentist are a great way to flag any problems or discomfort and get any support you may need along the way. It’s important to take care of your dentures just as you would your natural teeth. You can do this by establishing a thorough cleaning routine and storing your dentures correctly when you’re not wearing them – looking after your dentures will help them last longer and will allow you to continue enjoying life as you should.