Cascade Denture Center prides itself on being there with you every step of the way. Below you will find a rough layout describing the process from beginning to end. We have also included some tips to help you with the process. We look forward to meeting you in person and helping you on your journey to a new beautiful smile.
Your experience with Cascade Denture Center will begin with a thorough consultation (pictured below) provided by Phil Dahl who has been a licensed Denturist practicing in the Douglas County area for the last 34 years .
During this first consultation Phil will preform your examination and conduct an interview in which he will ask a series of questions and in turn listen to your wants and expectations. Through this one on one process Phil is able to determine the best course of action for your unique case.
In the next step Phil will take an impression of your mouth (usually during your initial consultation.) with that impression Phil will be able to create a working model and begin construction of your smile using his onsite lab. One of the advantages to having an onsite lab is that Phil is in complete control of the construction of your case from start to finish.
After the construction of your smile is complete Phil will then schedule an appointment time for you. At that time he will deliver your case with a personal fitting. During the personal fitting Phil will install your new dentures and make sure they are fitting properly. At this time if there are any ajustments to be made thanks to his onsite lab Phil is able to make these adjustments right there on the spot. Which is shown in the pictures below.
In the final step Phil will ask you if you have any questions and give you some cleaning and care instructions. Then you will walk out the door with your brand new smile.
Adjusting to your knew dentures can take anywhere from six to ten weeks. It is very important during this adjustment period to get proper nourishment, and have patience with yourself.
If you have had extractions to prepare for your new Dentures than during the first few weeks your gums are going to be extremely tender, and chewing may seem difficult. If this is a problem you should try eating a diet of soft foods and liquids. It is important to get plenty of nourishment which will keep your strength up and help in the healing process. As your gums heal you will slowly be able to chew more solid foods. When this happens it is important to eat slowly and remember at first to take small bites . During this healing time you may find that small sore spots requiring adjustments could form. It is very important that the adjustments are done as soon as possible after the sore spot appears. Leaving a sore spot unattended can further impede the healing process and may delay your recovery. Please keep in mind that one sore spot may require a series of small adjustments. It is also extremely important to allow your mouth plenty of healing time.
Remember to eat slowly at first and try to eat in an up and down motion. Chewing laterally or side to side may dislodge the back of your dentures and create sore spots. Keep in mind, as stated above it is important to have any sore spots alleviated right away. So at the first sign of a sore spot call Phil and schedule an appointment.
It is important to make your dentures apart of you as soon as possible. Try wearing them at night, although at first you may find them on the pillow next to you in the morning. With a little practice and patience you will soon find that they will become a natural part of you and eventually you will not able to sleep without them.
Keep in mind dentures greatly diminish you biting force, where natural teeth may exert 100 to 200 pounds of force per square inch of bite. Denture wearers may only exert about 25 pounds per square inch. So eat slowly and softly at first.
It is also important to clean your dentures after every meal with a soft bristle brush. Avoid gritty pastes and powders as they may scratch your dentures and give food particles a place to settle and cling. Remove stains from your dentures by soaking in a solution of ½ white vinegar, and ½ warm water for 10-15 minutes or use Sparkle Dent denture brightener purchased through this office.
It is very important to remember that no two people or cases are alike and recovery time depends on the individual. One of the great things that Cascade Denture Center offers is being your sole provider from start to finish. From your first consultation with Phil to your final adjustment Cascade Denture Center is here with you every step of the way.
We look forward to providing your care to helping you feel and look your best