Making and Fitting the Dentures
Dentures are composed of artificial teeth bonded to a plastic base. The dentist makes an impression of the dental arch and remaining teeth (if any), using a special impression material. The colour and shape of the artificial teeth can be closely matched to your natural teeth.
The dentist will help you with these decisions. The dental laboratory uses the impressions and the dentist’s specifications to make the dentures.
Your dentist will advise you about how long to wear your new dentures each day. A few days or weeks are needed to become accustomed to the dentures.
Over the first few days:
- the denture may feel tight and uncomfortable, the denture may feel bulky, as if crowding the mouth
- your gums may feel sore
- some people experience a gagging sensation at the back of the throat
- you may notice an increase in the amount of saliva in your mouth
- eat soft foods
- speech may be affected but will improve. Wearers of partial dentures may find their speech improves immediately because missing teeth have been replaced.