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First Dentures From the Mile Zero Denture Clinic

How Many Appointments Will It Take To Complete My Post-Immediate Denture? Click here

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The road leading to your first dentures can be an overwhelming experience. Don’t worry we are here to help. Our denturists are very sensitive to your needs as we know getting teeth for the first time can be a sensitive subject. We listen very carefully during your consultation and will tailor your treatment plan to your needs and wants. There are generally two options: Option 1 = Post-Immediate Dentures and Option 2 = Immediate Dentures.

Option 1 - Post-Immediate Dentures

Have your teeth extracted first and let your gums heal before fabricating denture.

You will have to wait a period of 3 months or more without teeth in your mouth, after which time your denturist will construct your denture.

Benefits

Wax try-in appointment – The teeth are placed in wax and shaped to look just like the denture. We look in the mirror and make changes to the appearance until you are happy.

The gums will have time to heal. Less adjustment and denture liner appointments are needed.

The gums will be less sensitive.

Negatives

You have to go without teeth for a period of time. The amount of time will be decided between you and your denturist.

How Many Appointments Will I Need To Complete My Post-Immediate Denture?

Making a denture takes several steps, from taking the first impressions to inserting the new dentures. Here is the denture construction procedure used at the Mile Zero Denture Clinic:

We will try to schedule appointments a week apart, but that is not guaranteed.

1. Consultation
During this preliminary step, the denturist will ask what she can help you with. She will discuss your past experience with dentures and will address any questions or concerns you may have. She will also examine the oral cavity and structures and will begin the formulation of an individualized treatment plan. If you have a dental plan, a pre-authorization can be sent to your insurance company after this appointment.

2. Exam & first impressions- **50% deposit is required at this appointment** First impressions will be taken for diagnostic purposes and to aid in the construction of custom trays for final impressions. During this preliminary step, the denturist will also examine and document the oral cavity and structures.

3. Final impressions
Using the impression trays created from the first set of impressions, the denturist will take a second set of impressions. This step ensures optimal impression accuracy so that the resulting fit of the denture is excellent.

4. Bite registration
“Taking the bite” is a process of establishing the position of the upper jaw to the lower and preliminary positioning of teeth and facial support. Tooth shade and mould will also be selected at this appointment.

5. Try-in- **remaining 50% deposit is required**
By this stage, the denturist has constructed a preliminary set of dentures. They are made out of wax and are meant to give you a chance to “try on” your new dentures and see what they will look like before processing the wax denture base into hard acrylic (the finished product). The “bite” will also be confirmed at this appointment.

At this step, you can express any changes or concerns you have with the appearance and the appropriate changes can be made. We, at the Mile Zero Denture Clinic, will not finish the denture until you are satisfied at this appointment.

*Between the try-in and finish appointments, we will need a minimum of 6 working days to process the denture*

6. Finish
Your dentures have been created from the wax sample to the real thing, and you will be able to take them home. The denturist will ensure the “bite” is correct and will adjust any pressure spots. You will receive a “goody bag” which will include a denture brush, a denture case, Renew® Denture Cleaner samples and information pamphlets explaining care, cleaning and maintenance.

7. First chair-side temporary reline
Your denture will be very loose by this appointment and your denturist will reline the inside of the denture to refit the denture to your gums. It should “tighten” the denture. Your second temporary reline appointment will be booked at this time for 6 months after your extraction date.

8. Second chair-side temporary reline
Your denture will be loose again by this appointment and your denturist will reline the inside of the denture to refit the denture to your gums. If you need any more liners after 6 months you will be charged for them. A recall will be booked for 1 year after your extraction date to either reline or remake your denture.

9. Processed reline or new denture start- **new charge for this service**
This session will be a year after your extractions, so the healing and gum shrinkage due to the extractions should be complete. It is now time to reline the denture. Impressions will be taken inside your denture in the morning and you will be without your denture until 4:00pm at which time you will pick up the denture and the denturist will adjust any pressure spots. After this time, your denture should be relined every 2-3 years and replaced every 5-8 years.

Sometimes during the healing process the gums change shape so much that it is necessary to take a new impression and remake the denture.

Option 2 - Immediate Dentures

Have your teeth extracted and your first denture is placed immediately after.

Positives

Do not have to go without teeth!

Immediate denture acts as a “band aide” and helps clot the blood and protect against dry socket.

Can make a model of your natural teeth and use as a guideline.

Negatives

No wax try-in appointment – therefore you cannot check the appearance of your teeth or the bite.

Gums can be very sensitive after teeth extractions– dentures are made of hard plastic which will be place against soft sensitive tissue.

You may need several denture adjustments during the healing process. Don’t worry the denturists at the Mile Zero Denture Clinic are there to support you and adjust the denture when ever you get a sore spot.

In some cases, immediate dentures are referred to as “temporary dentures”. Due to excess amount of “gum shrinkage” and changes to your gums during the healing process, the immediate denture may not fit properly after several months. A new denture may have to be fabricated. Additional cost.

How Many Appointments Will I Need To Complete My Immediate Denture?

1. Free consultation
During this preliminary step, the denturist will explain what an immediate denture is, what to expect from an immediate denture, cost, the process and steps to complete the immediate denture and the follow up care necessary to be successful with an immediate denture. She will also examine the oral cavity and discuss other treatment options if necessary. She will answer any questions and concern that you may have. Your impression appointment, teeth extraction appointment, (with the dentist, if not already booked) and check-up appointment, (with us) will be booked at this time.

2. Exam and first impressions-*** full payment is required at this appointment**
Your denturist will examine and document the oral cavity and structures. Impressions are taken for the construction of the immediate denture. If you have enough natural teeth left a bite registration will be established and tooth shade will be selected.

3. Bite registration (will not be necessary if bite was established at the previous appointment)
“Taking the bite” is a process of establishing the position of the upper jaw to the lower. Tooth Shade and mould is also selected at this appointment.

Your dentures will be created and the teeth will be delivered to the extracting dentist prior to your extraction appointment. You will receive a “goody bag” which will include a denture brush, a denture case, dental gel (for sore spots),renew denture cleaner samples and information pamphlets explaining care, cleaning, and maintenance and post-op instructions.

The denturist will complete the denture and send it to your dentist’s office. The dentist will extract your teeth and insert the denture.

4. Check-up
You will have an appointment with your denturist to check your denture and adjust any sore spots. The bite will also be examined at this appointment. Instructions on care, cleaning and maintenance will be explained. Your first temporary liner appointment will be booked at this time for approximately 2 months from this date.

5. First chair-side temporary reline
Your denture will be very loose by this appointment and your denturist will reline the inside of the denture to refit the denture to your gums. It should “tighten” the denture. Your second temporary reline appointment will be booked at this time for 6 months after your extraction date.

6. Second chair-side temporary reline
Your denture will be loose again by this appointment and your denturist will reline the inside of the denture to refit the denture to your gums. If you need any more liners after 6 months you will be charged for them. A recall will be booked for 1 year after your extraction date to either reline or remake your denture.

7. Processed reline or new denture start **new charge for this service**
It will be a year since your extractions the healing and gum shrinkage due to extractions should be complete. It is now time to reline the denture. Impressions will be taken inside your denture in the morning and you will be without your denture until 4:00pm at which time you will pick up the denture and the denturist will adjust any pressure spots, after which time your denture should be relined every 2-3 years and replaced every 5-8 years.

Sometimes during the healing process the gums change shape so much that it is necessary to take a new impression and remake the denture.

8. Adjustments
Adjustments are necessary to ensure comfort after your start using the dentures. Immediate dentures require several adjustments because the oral tissues are changing shape as they are healing. You do not have to wait until your scheduled temporary liner appointments to have your denture adjusted, phone the office whenever you have a sore spot. The Mile Zero Denture Clinic is dedicated to helping you adjust to your First denture and will be there to help you every step of the way.