Dentures are becoming an increasingly popular option for people suffering from tooth loss. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, nearly 15% of people with edentulism (missing teeth) get dentures every year. And that number is only expected to increase as the population ages and more people experience tooth loss and tooth decay.As an expert in the field, I can tell you that it usually takes approximately six weeks to three months to make a full set of dentures. However, this timeline can be extended depending on whether a tooth needs to be extracted or not, the healing time and whether or not it is a full or partial denture.
Most of the time, general dentists can take impressions and place dentures. However, some dentists may refer you to a specialist if you need more complex treatment. When there are teeth or root tips that need to be removed to make the full denture, the process is longer. This is because extraction sites need time to heal.
This can take up to six months. The size of the site and the patient's health are factors that influence the time it takes to heal.Once the tissues are fully healed, it's the right time to place dentures in your mouth. In general, the placement of dentures usually takes six to eight weeks after the tooth is extracted. Some patients will have to wait more than a couple of months, while others will consider that just one month of waiting is sufficient.
Putting on dentures is something unique to each person.The length of the process depends on the type of dentures you want and the overall health of your mouth. Most people opt for immediate, fully removable, custom-made dental prostheses placed in the mouth. The procedure may take a few weeks after the extraction of the remaining teeth. Remember that your jaw has to heal first.Every visit to the dentist is to make adjustments to the model to ensure that the final set of complete dentures fits correctly and matches the features of the patient's face.
We'll be happy to guide you through the process and help you know what to expect when a new denture is placed.