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During your first visit your dentist will examine your gum tissue, bone structure, and any existing teeth. It may also be necessary to take X-rays that will help the dentist determine if a partial or full denture is appropriate. In many cases tooth extractions will be necessary.
Next the dentist will take an impression of your mouth as well as measurements of your facial features. Your dentist will send the impression and measurements to the dental laboratory who will work closely with your dentist to create the perfect, most natural looking smile for you.
In certain situations it may be necessary to take a final functional impression. This impression captures the natural movements of your mouth and is used to create the contours and border of your new denture.
A bite registration is also taken during this appointment, which is used to determine the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. There are various methods used to obtain the bite and your dentist will determine which one is appropriate.
Tooth selection will also be performed at this appointment based on the results of the jaw measurements, facial landmarks, and your specific preferences. iDenture offers tooth qualities based on Standard, Select or Select+ options.
This is all sent to the dental laboratory who will work closely with your dentist to create your new smile.
In some cases, where you needed extractions, an immediate denture is made – this will help minimise swelling and you will never be without teeth. Your dentist will help you insert your denture and then notify you of when your permanent smile will be ready.
If you did not get an immediate denture, then your teeth will be set in a wax base that will be inserted in your mouth. You now have the opportunity to see exactly how your new smile will look. You must decide if the colour, size, and tooth arrangement meet with your approval. You may want to bring a significant other whose opinion you value for a second opinion.
Once you are satisfied and you have given the dentist your approval your new denture can be finished into the acrylic base.
Be sure all the details of your new smile have been addressed before giving your dentist the final approval. It is important to remember, although it may be necessary to make adjustments to the acrylic denture base to improve the fit and comfort of the denture, once the denture has been finished in the acrylic base it is not possible to make changes to the tooth position.
Now that you are happy with your new smile, your dentist will send the wax try-in to the lab to be finished using the iDenture Patented Injected Press Processing technique. This is the only patented press technique that can ensure a denture base with a precision fit, more comfort, and better function. It also creates a dense bubble-free acrylic denture base that will resist staining, plaque and bacterial growth for many years.
Delivery of your new smile! At the last step of the new smile process you and your dentist will review the fit of your new smile. Please keep in mind that as with anything new – a new smile takes time to get used to. In some cases slight adjustments are necessary to ensure you have the best fitting denture and the most natural smile.
If you had an immediate denture, you may need additional time for your mouth to heal and the swelling to subside before your final denture will fit properly. In certain situations it may be necessary to have your denture relined or to have a final denture made for a proper fit to be achieved.
You should be given a follow-up appointment after your delivery appointment since adjustments are usually required to address any sore spots that may occur as the denture settles into the soft tissue. At this time your dentist will do an oral exam and check the fit of your dentures and if necessary, adjustments will be made. This is also an opportunity for your denture to be professionally cleaned and polished at this time.
If you have any pain or discomfort, call your dentist immediately. Do not try to make adjustments to your denture yourself.
We suggest that you:
• Follow up after a period of six months and then once yearly for annual recall.
• Reline your dentures every two to three years.
• Replace your dentures every five to eight years.