The denture process
From the time you and your dental professional make the decision that dentures are right for you to the delivery and placement of your new denture may take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks. During that time you will have several visits for impressions and fittings to ensure that when you finally get your dentures, they fit and look as best they can.
Familiarizing yourself with the process will help you feel more confident about getting new dentures. This will help reduce any lingering anxiety or doubts that you may have.
Here’s what you can expect to happen once you decide to get new dentures:
Step 1: Taking Impressions
The first thing the clinician will do is to take impressions of your mouth using a putty-like material. The clinician will also assess how your upper and lower jaws relate to one another and measure the space between them. The clinician will also perform an intraoral and extraoral examination, this is just a basic health check to see everything is ok before prescribing a new set of dentures.
Step 2: secondary impressions and occlusal registration
The impressions are then cast in the laboratory, and a custom tray or trays are made along with wax occlusal rims, also referred to as bite blocks.
The clinician will then take second impression or impressions with the custom-made trays, then the wax rims are placed in the mouth and trimmed to the correct height and width that will be required to make the dentures. The correct shade or colour of teeth are also determined.
Step 3: Wax tryin
the second set of impressions are then cast in the Lab, and with the occlusal rims record, the denture teeth are set in wax, and a ‘tryin’ is produced. This looks like a denture but is in fact made of wax, this allows for adjustments or corrections to be made before the dentures are finished in acrylic.
Step 4: Fitting
Once you and the clinician have decided that the wax tryins are correct, the dentures are processed in the Lab, and the finish dentures are produced.
The clinician will then fit the dentures and perform a number of checks to ensure they are correct and not causing any discomfort.
Step 5: Adjustments
After wearing your new dentures for a few days or weeks, you may find they rub or hurt, it is therefore important you return to the clinic to have an adjustment.