Dentures are a very challenging type of dental appliance. Many dentists spend years doing them and still struggle to get them just right. In most cases I don’t recommend you ever trying to take your own impressions for dentures or partial dentures. The one exception to this is if you need a temporary partial denture to replace some missing teeth. You can use a self impression kit and send it to the lab who will make it for you. One downside of going this route is that if the appliance needs any modifications to fit correctly, you won’t have a dentist to help. It is not unusual to need several modifications for the best fit and function. Another downside is that it can be very difficult to match the shade of your teeth, especially if it is a front tooth. Dentists who do this every single day still find matching front teeth very challenging. If you do decide to do this, proceed with caution and understand that the appliance may not fit.
Also, if you do decide to make adjustments, repairs, or a soft reline at home make sure you read through our pages on how to do this correctly.