The process of denture development takes approximately three to six weeks and a number of appointments. As soon as your prosthodontist (a dentist who specializes in the replacement and restoration of teeth) or dentist determines the type of appliance that is best suited for you, the first step is to make various impressions of your jaw, so as to take measurements of the relation and space in between your jaws. The next step is to create wax forms, models, and plastic patterns in the precise shape and location of the denture to be prepared. You will have to try out this model multiple times and then there will be an assessment of the denture for shape, fit and color before the casting of the final denture. After the whole assessment, the part is done and the denture is finally made, it needs to be cast in your mouth. Lastly, there will be some adjustments made, only if necessary. One or more teeth is replaced by a fixed bridge by positioning the crowns on the teeth on one side of the space and joining the artificial teeth to them. After this, the “bridge” is cemented into place. Artificial teeth not only fill the spaces made by the missing teeth, it prevents the teeth from changing its position too.
Are there any side effects?
New dentures will feel a little loose or odd for a few weeks in the beginning as the muscles of the tongue and cheeks need to learn t keep them intact after some time and you get comfortable putting them inside and removing them. Along with this, there will be soreness, minor irritation and increased flow of saliva. But these conditions will diminish as soon as the mouth adjusts.