Many people are hesitant to get dentures because they believe that the process is painful. They’d rather live with broken and missing teeth than go through the potential discomfort of getting dentures.
The good news is, getting dentures is nothing like you’ve heard. And once you fully understand the process, you’ll understand how painless it really is.
Your first step will be to schedule an initial consultation, where the condition of your teeth will be assessed and a denture option will be recommended.
The options that are generally available are:
- Full dentures
- Partial dentures
- Flexible partial dentures
- Implant dentures
Full dentures require the extraction of any remaining teeth so that a denture can be inserted. Prior to this happening, an anesthetic is inserted into the gums to make the procedure as pain-free as possible.
After the extraction, you may experience soreness in the gums for a few days, however there is very little pain as the gums start healing immediately.
In a matter of weeks, the patient is completely free of any discomfort that was caused by the tooth extraction and becomes fully accustomed to using the dentures.
Partial and Flexible partial dentures
Partial and flexible partial dentures do not require widespread tooth extractions, so they are completely pain-free. However, there may be a slight discomfort after they are installed as your mouth adjusts to the extra appliance. This generally resolves quickly once your mouth becomes accustomed to the denture.
In case of a fixed bridge procedure, the patient may feel some pain after an implant is surgically installed within the gums. However, the pain lessens after a few days.
This is the most comprehensive denture option available.
It involves the removal of all remaining teeth and the surgical installation of dental implants in the lower and upper jaw bones. After the jaw bones have healed, dentures are then installed on the implants.
Because of the need for tooth extractions and the surgical installation of dental implants, this procedure may sound very painful. However, this is not the case. After the tooth extraction, the denturist waits for almost six months before installing dental implants, so that the gums can heal completely. This ensures that the patient feels minimum amounts of pain during the procedure, and that the new dentures are well-fitted to reduce the possibility of discomfort while wearing them.
Overall, the best way to ensure you have a good experience without pain and complications is to go to a reputable denturist. European Denture Center has the knowledge, experience, and cutting-edge technology to make your procedure as comfortable as possible. Visit our website to book an appointment for full dentures services, or call us at (425) 230-3010.