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Process & Timeline for New Complete Dentures in Ottawa

set of new complete dentures

Some of the questions we’re often asked here at Ottawa South Denture Clinic surround the timeline to get new complete dentures.

“How long does it take to get new complete dentures?”

“What is the timeline for new complete dentures?”

“What all is involved when getting new complete dentures?”

Great questions, all!

New complete dentures can seem like a daunting task, an adventurous next step ahead in your life and oral health journey. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to new complete dentures, in this edition of our Ottawa denture blog.

What’s the Overall Timeline to Get New Complete Dentures?

mature woman with dentures smilingGetting a set of new, complete dentures is not a one-off event or single appointment, but rather a process.

On average the entire process to get new complete dentures takes anywhere from 1.5 weeks to 3.5 weeks.

Many patients think of this process as:

  • Setup
  • Preview
  • Delivery
  • Follow-Up

In the next section we’ll break down how this process plays out.

What is the Process to Get New Complete Dentures? How Many Appointments Are Needed?

Typically, at least three appointments – and often four or five appointments – are needed to make a new set of dentures.

The timeframe will depend on the type of denture that you require, as well as the frequency in which you can attend your appointments.

On average, the process takes anywhere from 1.5 ~ 3.5 weeks.

1. Consultation & Preliminary Impressions for New Complete Dentures

denturist holds dentures in hand

During the first appointment at our Ottawa denture clinic, we will do a consultation which will help us to understand your needs, answer any of the questions that you may have and provide you with appropriate quotes.

If you would like to proceed with the treatment at this time, the preliminary impressions of your mouth are taken.

We’re happy to answer any of your questions about dentures anytime you’ve got questions or concerns.

2. Bite Registration/Facebow Transfer

(3-5 days after Impressions)

At the next appointment, your bite registration will be taken to determine how your upper and lower jaws relate to one another.

This ‘bite’ will also help us to determine the proper vertical dimension and establish “speaking space” and the parameters for where your denture teeth will be placed.

The ‘facebow’ will help us to determine the relation of your jaw to the rest of the skull and will be used to mount your case on the articulator (a device that mimics the movement of the jaw). For precision or difficult cases a Pin Tracing device may be used to record the bite.

During this appointment you will choose tooth shade and shape. A final impression is usually taken at this stage or can be done at the next try-in appointment.

3. Denture Try-in/Preview

mature man with dentures smiling(3-6 days after bite)

On the third appointment at Ottawa South Denture Clinic, it’s time to try-in your new denture teeth while they are still in wax.

The try-in approximates how your new dentures will appear when they are in their final state.

The bite, aesthetics and phonetics are verified. If you wish to make any changes, we can do so to make sure you are 100% happy with the result before the in-lab processing of the acrylic.

If even further changes are necessary, an additional ‘retry’ appointment can be arranged.

4. Delivery/Denture Insert

(4-6 days after try-in)

During this appointment, your dentures will be placed in your mouth.

The bite, aesthetics and phonetics are checked again and any adjustments are made to ensure a great fit on your new smile.

A “goody bag” with instructions on proper denture care, a denture brush, denture bath and more will be provided to take home with you.

5. New Dentures Follow-up Appointment

set of new complete dentures(2-3 days after delivery)

Tenderness and sore spots may develop as your new set of dentures settle in.

This is why we at Ottawa South Denture Clinic typically schedule a follow-up appointment two days post delivery to make any adjustments to the dentures.

A year of adjustments is included with your dentures. We suggest you come in for adjustments if sore spots persist for more than two days.

Additional Appointments

Depending on the treatment plan provided to you, other pre-scheduled follow-up appointments may be required.

This includes an “Annual Recare” appointment done every year to maintain your dentures’ fit, to ensure the appearance of the dentures and to keep the denture warranty intact.

How Ottawa South Denture Clinic Helps with New Dentures in Ottawa

At Ottawa South Denture Clinic we take pride in being able to help patients with new dentures in Ottawa, as well as providing ongoing service and cared for patients who already have dentures.

We have denture repair facilities on site and can make several different types of dentures.

Contact us today to find out more and schedule your Ottawa denture appointment.

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