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Denture Exam

Whether you’re considering dentures for the first time or replacing dentures you have had for years, creating dentures that fit properly and work well begins with a denture examination.

First, it’s important to know if you actually need dentures. Advances in dentistry mean there may now be options that didn’t exist in the past, when dentures might have seemed like the only choice. All of your options will be explored before you and your dentist decide on the treatment plan that is right for you.

If you already wear dentures and need new ones, you will still have a full denture examination before replacements can be made. This is to ensure that your dentist is aware of any changes that have occurred since your last ones were created and to ensure that any health problems that have come up can be treated.

A denture examination may include:

  • Condition of the soft tissues
  • Size and shape of the dental arche
  • Relationship of the upper and lower jaws
  • Retained tooth roots
  • Hard and soft tissue lesions
  • Hyperplastic (loose tissue)
  • Size of the ridges
  • Jaw relationship

Edentulous Panoramic X-Ray
A panoramic X-ray will show all the bony areas. Along with a clinical exam, the X-ray can uncover any hidden problems and allow for a proper diagnosis.