When you come into the denture clinic for your first consultation we will conduct a thorough oral examination and discuss all the options available to you. Once you have decided on the treatment plan we will take the first or primary impressions and pour up stone models that will simulate the anatomy of your mouth. We will then construct special impression trays for the final impressions. These impression trays are important as they are made to fit the unique shape of your mouth and will allow for a far more accurate impression.
At your second appointment we will then take accurate final impressions so that we can be sure that your denture will fit your mouth comfortably. We will then construct bite rims that we will use to register a biting relationship between your maxilla (the upper part of your mouth) and the mandible or jawbone.
At your third appointment we will register your biting relationship. We will also register other factors such as your smile line and lip line, occlusal plane, lip support and positions of the canines – this will help us to make your teeth follow a natural arch and have a natural appearance. We will decide on the colour of the teeth as well as the shape that will best suit your facial features.
In the Lab we will then construct your dentures in wax for us to try them in.
At your fourth appointment we will try in the waxed dentures to check that the bite is accurate and the teeth look natural.We will also check your speech and make sure that it is natural and you are not struggling to speak clearly. It is important now that you make a final decision on the shape and colour of the teeth as we can still make changes while it is in the waxed stage. If you are happy and the bite is accurate we will proceed to process and finish the dentures.
At your fifth appointment we will fit the dentures, check the bite and phonetics (speech).
It may take a while to get used to your new dentures so it is important to persevere for a while. You will more than likely get a few sore spots while the dentures settle in. Please come back to us when this happens so that we can ease the denture to relieve the pressure that is causing the pain.