Preparation before surgery
You and your dentist will select the teeth material and color for your dentures. The size of the teeth will depend upon the size of your mouth and jaw, and how your upper and lower jaws come together when you bite down. If you liked the way your natural teeth looked, bring in a photograph of you smiling with your natural teeth. This will help your dentist and the dental laboratory that will make your dentures. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and send them to the lab, along with a detailed prescription. A dental technician will then make your dentures. If the lab is not in your dentist's office, this process can take 6 to 10 business days. This is why appointments may be spaced a couple of weeks apart.
Estimated Recovery Time: 2 days
Estimated Hospital Stay: No hospitalization necessary
What to do after surgery
If you have teeth extracted, your mouth will need to heal for at least four weeks before complete dentures can be made. In some cases, your dentist may suggest that you use temporary dentures in the meantime. These dentures are only meant to be temporary. It may be helpful if you have a limited number of teeth extracted, particularly front teeth, and you do not want to go around without teeth. It will be inserted at the time of extractions. As your mouth heals, the gums and bones may shrink. The immediate denture will be relined to adjust the fit.
Cost of procedure in Ecuador: $420+
Estimated savings: 87%