How Long is the Process

How Long is the Process to Get Dentures?

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It is natural to put off getting dentures when you need them for fear of being without teeth for an extended period of time. The good news is that there are options available – even allowing you to get extractions and dentures all on the same day. 

Let’s take a closer look at the types of dentures commonly used today, as well as the timeline for getting them. 

Types of Dentures

When it comes to dentures, you have choices. The length of the process to get dentures is often dependent on the type you choose. 

Traditional dentures are designed to fit your mouth and are held in place either by suction or using a type of denture glue. Although these will give you a set of teeth, they don’t always provide the same quality of life quality that comes with those secured by dental implants.

Dental implant-supported dentures are those that are held securely in place by dental implants that are fused with the jaw bone. This type can either be fixed or removable, depending on your preference. Either way, they look natural and work well, too.

Dentures that are anchored by dental implants are the gold standard in the industry due to their ability to function like real teeth. 

The Process of Getting Dentures

Below is a general breakdown of the process for getting dentures. Keep in mind that this will vary based on the type of dentures you choose.

Your consultation always plays a significant role when making the switch to artificial tooth replacement. The reason for this is due to the different types of dentures available, your own personal needs, and, for instance, whether or not you are a candidate for implants. You will work with your dental specialist to determine the best option. 

If you need to have teeth extracted, this is often the next step. After all, before you can add artificial teeth, you have to remove your natural teeth. Depending on how many teeth you have remaining and your comfort level, this can be done in one visit or may be split into multiple visits.  

The process from here will be determined by whether you are getting dental-implant-supported dentures or traditional dentures. It will also determine your timeline. 

How Long Does it Take to Get Dentures? 

Again, the length of time it takes to get dentures will be based on which type you are getting and if extractions are necessary. 

Traditional dentures can often be completed in about a month. Some dentists do offer same-day dentures so that you do not have to wait.

When it comes to removable or fixed dentures that are supported by dental implants, it can take about 3 to 6 months to be completely done with the process. This is because it will require that your implants undergo osseointegration to fuse completely with the bone in order to create a strong anchor for the dentures. 

A type of fixed denture that is supported only by four or so immediate-load implants can be fitted and placed on the same day as extractions. This means you will never be without strong, secure teeth. 

Meeting with your dental specialist to discuss your best option is the best way to find out just how long your treatment timeline will be. 

Still Have Questions About Dentures? 

Having a mouth full of functional, beautiful teeth is important. At Rio Grande Oral Surgery, we offer dental implant-supported bridges using the X-Guide navigation system. This allows us to complete implant surgery virtually and with precision, yielding the best results. 

If you still have questions about dentures or are ready to make an appointment, contact us today at 505-821-2111.  Or, request an appointment online. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best dentures to get? 

While only your dentist can help you determine the best option for your oral health, fixed dentures that are supported by dental implants are the best dentures to get — and the most ‘real’ option. 

Can you sleep in dentures?

It is recommended that you remove traditional dentures while sleeping. Dental implant-supported dentures can be worn at night.