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The Process of Getting Dentures: Step-by-Step with Dr. Cindy Li

Hello, I’m Dr. Cindy Li from Excel Dental, located at 49 East Avenue South, Hamilton, Ontario. As a dental professional, I understand that the process of getting dentures can seem daunting. My goal is to make this journey as smooth and comfortable as possible for you. In this article, I will walk you through each step of the denture process, from the initial consultation to long-term maintenance. Let’s get started!

Initial Consultation with Dr. Cindy Li

The first step in getting dentures is scheduling an initial consultation with me. During this appointment, we will discuss your dental history, current oral health, and your expectations for dentures. This is a crucial step as it allows me to understand your specific needs and tailor the treatment plan accordingly.

We will also talk about the different types of dentures available, such as full dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Each type has its own set of benefits and considerations, and I will help you determine which option is best suited for you. This is also the time to ask any questions you may have about the process.

Additionally, I will perform a preliminary oral examination to assess the condition of your gums and any remaining teeth. This helps in identifying any potential issues that need to be addressed before proceeding with the denture process. If necessary, I may recommend additional treatments such as extractions or periodontal therapy.

By the end of this consultation, you should have a clear understanding of the steps involved in getting dentures and feel confident about moving forward with the process. Remember, this is a collaborative effort, and your input is invaluable in achieving the best possible outcome.

Comprehensive Oral Examination and Impressions

Once we have decided to proceed with dentures, the next step is a comprehensive oral examination. This involves a thorough assessment of your oral cavity, including the gums, teeth, and jawbone. I will take detailed notes and measurements to ensure that your dentures will fit perfectly and function effectively.

During this visit, I will also take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are crucial for creating a precise mold of your oral structures. Using a special dental putty, I will make an imprint of your gums and any remaining teeth. This process is quick and painless, but it is essential for crafting dentures that fit comfortably and securely.

In some cases, I may also take digital scans of your mouth. These scans provide a highly accurate 3D model of your oral cavity, which can be used to design your dentures with even greater precision. The combination of physical impressions and digital scans ensures that every detail is captured.

After the impressions and scans are complete, I will send them to a dental laboratory where your custom dentures will be crafted. This process typically takes a few weeks, during which time we will keep you informed of the progress and schedule your next appointment for fitting.

Crafting Your Custom Denture Design

The design phase is where your dentures truly begin to take shape. At the dental laboratory, skilled technicians will use the impressions and scans to create a wax model of your dentures. This model allows us to visualize the final product and make any necessary adjustments before the dentures are finalized.

I will invite you back to the office for a fitting with the wax model. During this appointment, we will check the fit, bite, and appearance of the dentures. This is an important step as it allows us to make any modifications to ensure that the final dentures will be comfortable and functional.

We will also discuss the aesthetics of your dentures, including the color and shape of the teeth. Your input is crucial in this phase, as we want to ensure that your new smile looks natural and meets your expectations. Feel free to bring photos or examples of the smile you desire.

Once we are satisfied with the wax model, it will be sent back to the laboratory for the final fabrication. The technicians will use high-quality materials to create your permanent dentures, ensuring durability and a natural appearance. This process usually takes a few more weeks.

Fitting and Adjusting Your New Dentures

When your custom dentures are ready, you will return to the office for the final fitting. This is an exciting moment as you get to see and wear your new dentures for the first time. I will carefully place the dentures in your mouth and check the fit, making any necessary adjustments to ensure comfort and functionality.

It is normal to experience some initial discomfort or difficulty speaking and eating with your new dentures. I will provide guidance on how to adapt to your dentures and offer tips for easing the transition. It may take a few weeks to get fully accustomed to wearing them.

During this appointment, I will also show you how to properly care for your dentures, including cleaning techniques and storage tips. Proper maintenance is essential for the longevity and performance of your dentures, and I will make sure you feel confident in taking care of them.

If you experience any persistent discomfort or issues with your dentures, please do not hesitate to contact me. Adjustments can be made to improve the fit and comfort, and I am here to support you throughout this process.

Caring for Your Dentures: Tips and Best Practices

Proper care and maintenance of your dentures are crucial for their longevity and your oral health. I recommend cleaning your dentures daily using a soft-bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Avoid using regular toothpaste as it can be too harsh and cause scratches.

When you are not wearing your dentures, store them in a denture-soaking solution or plain water to keep them moist. This helps to maintain their shape and prevent them from drying out. Never use hot water as it can warp the dentures.

It is also important to clean your gums, tongue, and any remaining teeth daily. Use a soft toothbrush or a gauze pad to gently clean these areas. This helps to remove plaque and stimulate circulation in the tissues, promoting overall oral health.

Regular dental check-ups are essential even if you have full dentures. I recommend scheduling follow-up appointments every six months to ensure that your dentures are in good condition and to monitor your oral health. During these visits, I can make any necessary adjustments and address any concerns you may have.

Follow-Up Appointments and Long-Term Maintenance

Follow-up appointments are a vital part of the denture process. These visits allow me to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that your dentures continue to fit comfortably and function effectively. It is normal for your gums and jawbone to change over time, and periodic adjustments may be needed.

During these appointments, I will also check for any signs of wear and tear on your dentures. If any issues are detected, I can perform repairs or recommend replacement if necessary. Regular maintenance helps to extend the lifespan of your dentures and ensures that they remain in optimal condition.

I will also provide ongoing support and guidance on how to care for your dentures and maintain your oral health. If you experience any discomfort, difficulty eating, or changes in the fit of your dentures, please do not hesitate to contact me. Early intervention can prevent more serious issues from developing.

Long-term maintenance of your dentures involves a combination of proper care at home and regular dental check-ups. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of your dentures for many years to come.


Q: How long does the entire denture process take?
A: The process typically takes several weeks to a few months, depending on the complexity of your case and the type of dentures being made.

Q: Will I need to have teeth extracted before getting dentures?
A: In some cases, extractions may be necessary. This will be determined during the initial consultation and comprehensive oral examination.

Q: Are dentures uncomfortable to wear?
A: There may be an adjustment period, but properly fitted dentures should be comfortable. Any discomfort can usually be addressed with adjustments.

Q: How often should I clean my dentures?
A: Dentures should be cleaned daily using a soft-bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner.

Q: Can I sleep with my dentures in?
A: It is generally recommended to remove your dentures at night to give your gums a rest and to clean the dentures.

Q: How long do dentures last?
A: With proper care, dentures can last 5-10 years. However, they may need adjustments or replacements over time due to changes in your oral structures.

Q: What should I do if my dentures break?
A: Contact our office immediately. Do not attempt to repair them yourself as this can cause further damage.

Q: Can I eat normally with dentures?
A: You may need to make some dietary adjustments initially, but most people can eat a wide variety of foods with dentures after the adjustment period.

Q: How do I know if my dentures need adjustment?
A: If you experience discomfort, difficulty eating, or changes in the fit of your dentures, it is time to schedule an appointment for an adjustment.

Q: Are there alternatives to traditional dentures?
A: Yes, alternatives include implant-supported dentures and fixed bridges. These options will be discussed during your initial consultation.

More Information

For more information on dentures and oral health, you can visit the following authoritative sites:

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the process of getting dentures. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 905-529-2164. At Excel Dental, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality care and ensuring that your journey to a new smile is a positive experience.

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