By Jane Hobson
“We’re hoping the community will benefit from it. There are no services like this around now,” said Sam Lima, who is opening a denture clinic in Perth in mid-March. The official grand opening is currently unknown since renovations are still underway.
The clinic will be located at 3 Beckwith Street East in Perth, across from the Perth and District Community Centre.
Lima grew up in a small town in Italy before coming to Canada in 1972. He has been a denturist for 34 years and owns a successful clinic in Vanier. The Vanier clinic will remain open with a full-time denturist. Lima will work full-time at the new clinic in Perth. “Perth is quiet, it feels good and you get to know people,” he said.
Lima fabricates custom dentures for all his patients, explaining that “everything is specific. It’s all custom made.”
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when there are still some natural teeth in the mouth.
The entire process takes about four or five appointments. The patient has an impression taken and the dentures are made to fit the impression. It can take up to three or four weeks to make dentures, Lima says.
“They have to be aesthetically pleasing but they also have to be functional — they actually have to work when the patient eats and drinks,” Lima explains. “It’s all about knowing what the patient wants.”
Lima makes custom dentures based on the teeth colour, teeth shape, face size and face shape of each patient since these characteristics are always unique.
Lima says the follow-up appointments are very important as well. “If something is wrong or something is uncomfortable, we’ll bring you back in and make sure you leave happy,” Lima says.
After more than three decades as a denturist, Lima says it’s his passion that has led to his success. “I love it. It makes me happy. That’s really important.”
As Lima starts thinking about retirement, he says he and his wife, Sherry, are happy with what they have accomplished.
“We’ve come a long way,” Lima says, reflecting on the earlier days of his career when he worked as a technician at the Vanier clinic that he now owns. “I would do it all again.”
The couple built a home on Bass Lake just outside of Perth about three years ago. “We love Perth. It’s a quaint, beautiful place,” said Sherry. “We would love to retire here eventually.”
Photo caption: Denturist Sam Lima will open a denture clinic in Perth in mid-March 2017. Photo submitted by Sam Lima.
First published in the February Edition of Hometown News.