Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures
How do I know what new dentures will cost?
The affiliated practices providing AFFORDABLE DENTURES® want you to know what fees will be charged before you come to the practice. You can get fee information three ways:
- Can call the practice directly.
- Call 1-800-DENTURE. They can provide fee information over the phone and will mail you an information brochure with practice fee information at no charge.
- Visit the Locations button on this web site to see the fee schedule for the practice you would like to visit.
No one wants to be embarrassed because your treatment plan was far more than you could afford. We show each practice’s fees so you can have a reasonable estimate of the cost of the services you will need. (For clinical reasons, additional fees may need to be charged in some cases.)
How can your fees be so low?
Having an on-site denture lab eliminates the added mark up that is charged by outside commercial dental labs. We eliminate the “middle man” and pass the savings on to patients. With so many affiliated Affordable Dentures practices, we have cost-saving, volume-buying power for all our clinical supplies and materials. Our focus on denture services allows us to standardize our treatment plans and denture fabrication. The practices operate very cost effectively. Our practices are comfortable, but not luxurious - this helps keep our fees low!
Do you accept dental insurance?
If you have dental insurance, affiliated practices will provide an appropriate dental statement of services. While most practices do not directly file insurance claims, you save money by filing the claim yourself. Since the Affordable Dentures fees are so low, the total cost for the services is frequently less than the co-pay you are required to pay to your insurance carrier if you go to another dental practice. The practice staff can help you calculate the costs so you can make the best decision.
When should I replace my denture?
Dentures will typically need to be replaced every five to 10 years. Patients find that the fit of their dentures changes over the years as their jaw bone shrinks. Since it is normal for your mouth to change and denture teeth to wear down, have them checked during a yearly dental visit.
How often should I visit the dentist now that I have dentures?
Even if you have lost all or some of your natural teeth, you should still visit your dentist once a year. The dentist will be able to evaluate the fit of your denture, offer suggestions for denture care and hygiene, and check for issues that may arise, such as oral cancer.
What if I have an emergency?
Most affiliated practices are able to provide same-day treatment for patients that are in pain and need EMERGENCY EXTRACTION SERVICES. Your health conditions and any medications you take will determine if extraction services can be provided. Same-day denture service is very helpful if an emergency occurs because you unexpectedly lost or broke your denture. Since every practice has an on-site lab, emergency REPAIRS can usually be accommodated the same day.
How should I clean my dentures?
Daily care and cleaning of a new denture is very important to help maintain good dental health. For everyday cleaning, use a soft brush and a cleaning agent, such as soap and water, or products sold especially to clean dentures. Be sure to brush both the inside and outside of your denture. This will help eliminate harmful bacteria. We also suggest soaking your denture in water or a denture-cleaning agent when you take them out at night. We strongly recommend that you hold your dentures over a sink filled with water when you clean them. This will help prevent breakage if you accidentally drop your denture. You may also want to cushion the sink and counter with a soft cloth or towel.
What if my denture is causing soreness on my gums?
It is not unusual for a new denture to create sore spots on your gums. Simply call the practice that provided the services, and they will let you know what time of day to return to have your denture adjusted. Adjustments help eliminate sore spots, and there is typically no charge during the first 60 days. Following 60 days, a small fee is charged for adjustments.