Denture Implant FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are denture-stabilization implants?
How can they help denture wearers?
How are the implants placed?
Are denture implants approved by the FDA?
Are they expensive?

What are denture-stabilization implants?

Denture-stabilization implants, also known as mini dental implants, are small titanium posts used to stabilize or provide a more secure fit for a denture. The system consists of a miniature titanium implants that act like the roots of your teeth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is ball-shaped, and the retaining fixture acts like a socket. The retaining fixture snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and securely holds the denture in place.

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How can they help denture wearers?

Denture wearers often lack confidence that their denture will firmly stay in place in their mouth without becoming loose or floating. For patients who are having this difficulty, denture stabilization implants will help you eat and speak more confidently. This is especially helpful for the lower denture. Also, because the denture no longer slides on the gums, denture implants help retain the jaw bone.

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How are the implants placed?

Typically, four small implants are gently screwed into the ridge of the upper or lower jaw. This is a relatively painless, non-invasive procedure. The denture is then adjusted by the dentist to allow it to snap onto the implants. The result? A tight-fitting, reliable system that allows you to speak and eat with confidence. Denture-stabilization implants can be placed in about an hour's time.

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Are denture implants approved by the FDA?

Yes, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved these denture-stabilization implants in 2002. They have been used for decades by dentists. Based on rigorous clinical testing, the FDA granted product approval for long-term treatment.

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Are denture stabilization implants expensive?

Traditional dental implant systems can cost between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the system that is used. At Affordable Dentures, the denture-stabilization system costs much less. 

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What to Expect

The Challenge of Wearing Dentures

Some patients find the experience of wearing a denture for the first time to be challenging. A denture is a foreign object, and unfortunately, it cannot duplicate the exact feel and function of your natural teeth. It will be a new sensation that will take you a period of time to adjust.

We'll make every effort to help you meet the challenge and satisfy your expectations. Each affiliated practice has fabricated thousands of dentures for patients over the years, so they are very experienced in recognizing and addressing issues that may occur.

Time, Patience & Will Power

New dentures can be a somewhat trying experience for some patients. Initially, dentures often will feel strange and bulky and will cause a feeling of fullness of the lips and cheeks. In time, these feelings will subside and you will feel more comfortable. Time, patience and will power are your biggest allies.

Other Symptoms

You may also experience slurred speech, gagging, excessive salivation and funny or diminished taste. Again, these issues usually disappear over time. However, if they continue, please contact our office to let the dental staff know about your particular difficulty. We are here to help you!

Learning to Chew with Your New Dentures

Learning to chew with new dentures takes time. Start with soft foods and gradually introduce more difficult foods. Chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time to stabilize your teeth. Avoid biting into foods with your front teeth, as it may dislodge your dentures.

Lower Denture Challenges

It is especially difficult to adjust to a lower denture. Try resting your tongue against the inside front of the lower denture to help hold it in place. Until you learn good tongue and lip control, adhesives are recommended. Adhesives may also be useful for upper dentures. If you are an existing denture wearer and have become accustomed to adhesives, you most likely will have to continue using adhesives for your dentures.

It is important to remember that a lower denture often "floats" on your lower gums and will not have the suction that your upper denture has. It will move around in your mouth, even out of your mouth, until you have mastered it.

Other Suggestions

At first, you may want to consider wearing your dentures all the time, even at night, to adapt to them more quickly. After you have become accustomed to them, you should take them out at night and follow a good cleaning routine.

It is common to feel sore places on your gums as you adjust to your new dentures. If you develop a sore spot, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and return to the practice as needed for a denture adjustment. Adjustments are free for the first 60 days and are an expected part of any new denture.

Some of the challenges described above can be overcome with denture stabilization implants. As a current or future denture wearer, we encourage you to learn more about these mini dental implants as an option to improve your health and overall lifestyle.

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Full & Partial Dentures

Full & Partial Dentures

Affordable Dentures are offered in a variety of denture styles that include full and partial dentures. Experienced dentists will help you find the best match for your needs.

Full Dentures

Each affiliated Affordable Dentures practice wants you to have the best denture you can afford. That's why we offer several styles of full dentures, each with its own distinct advantages.

Economy Dentures

The Economy Denture is the most affordable denture and is selected by many patients. It is processed by our on-site lab and individually fit for you. The dentist and lab technician will determine the size, shape and look of the teeth, based on your needs. The Economy Denture is available with same-day service.

Custom Dentures

The Custom Denture is made with more expensive teeth for a more natural-looking denture. The denture teeth are set in a wax base so you may try them in to see how the denture will look before it is completed. You may make changes to suit you, consistent with your dental needs. After you have approved the look of your Custom Denture, the lab will custom finish your denture in the permanent acrylic base material. It's like designing your own smile!

The Custom Denture is often available the same day, however in some cases it may take longer. The practice will inform you of their delivery times.

Deluxe Dentures

Our Deluxe Denture is made using deluxe-quality denture teeth and offers a high level of durability, stain resistance and a natural look. This denture allows for more customization to achieve a natural look. Like the Custom Denture, it includes a try-in preview that allows you to approve the general characteristics of your new smile before it is permanently set.

The Deluxe Denture is often available the same day, however, in some cases it may take longer. The practice will inform you of their delivery times.

The Deluxe Denture is available only in participating practices. Please review the individual practice's fee schedule or call to confirm availability.> 

Premium Dentures

The Premium Denture is very high in natural appearance. It is made using premium-quality denture teeth, which are impact, wear and stain resistant. As with the Custom and Deluxe Dentures, the teeth are first set in wax for you to try in. Changes may be made at that time. After you have approved the look of your Premium Denture, the lab will custom finish your denture in the permanent acrylic base material. Again, it’s like designing your own smile.

The Premium Denture is often available the same day, however, in some cases it may take longer. The practice will inform you of their delivery times.

Ultra Dentures

The Ultra Denture is made using three-layered, high-density, "portrait quality" denture teeth, which provide the highest natural appearance. Our Ultra Denture also offers the highest level of durability and stain resistance, and we use a leading acrylic gum base for strength, durability and visual appeal. As with the Premium Denture, a try-in preview allows you to see your new smile before it is custom finished.

Ultra Denture delivery may be the next day to allow for additional finish time.

The Ultra Denture is available in participating practices.

Partial Dentures

We offer several types of partial dentures - cast metal, flexible and acrylic. The cast metal and flexible partials are our best partials. Please check with the practice nearest you to learn which partials they provide.

Cast Metal Partial Denture

The cast metal partial denture is stronger, less bulky and offers a great fit. This partial has a metal framework to which our on-site laboratory will attach higher-quality denture teeth. Since our special metal framework is made by an outside laboratory, availability of this partial is about two to three weeks.

Flexible Partial

The flexible partial is made from a special material that gives you added comfort and fit. It is only available in participating practices.

Acrylic Partial Denture

Acrylic partial dentures are more affordable, but they tend to feel more bulky. This partial has an acrylic base into which the denture teeth are set and is attached to your natural teeth with small metal clasps. The acrylic partial may be available with more durable, natural-looking teeth, right up to the Ultra partial. The practice staff can inform you of availability in each office.

The acrylic partial denture is often available the same day.

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General Dentistry Services

While we are best known for our affordable dentures and tooth extractions, some Affordable Dentures-affiliated practices also offer general dentistry services like routine cleanings for adults, periodontal maintenance, teeth whitening, fillings and root canals.

Click the Locations button above to see what services are available at a location near you.

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Single-Tooth Dental Implants

A permanent solution for individual missing teeth at a VALUE you’ve come to expect from AFFORDABLE DENTURES® .

 If you are self-conscious about missing teeth, there is an affordable option that may be right for you: dental implants. A growing number of AFFORDABLE DENTURES®           practices now offer the single-tooth implant and dental crown that get you back where you want to be at a fraction of the price of other providers.

Call the practice nearest you to schedule an appointment to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants at more affordable prices!

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What is a single-tooth implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone and provides a “root” for the placement of a restoration that looks, feels and functions similar to a natural tooth. Implants are artificial replacements for natural tooth roots in the upper and lower jaws. These “anchors” resemble miniature screws and are usually made from titanium, which is highly compatible with bone. They attach to the jawbone and gum tissue to become a stable base for replacement teeth, called crowns.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

A single-tooth implant requires a series of procedures and time for the implant to successfully anchor, or osseointegrate, into the jawbone. This can take several months before the crown can be attached. But, once the implant process is complete, you’ll enjoy a new smile for decades to come.

Your Affordable Dentures dentist will perform a thorough oral examination and review your health history to determine if dental implants are the right choice for you. You may be a candidate if you are in good overall health, have healthy gums and adequate bone to support an implant. You must be committed to thorough oral hygiene and scheduling regular dental checkups.

Benefits

  • Most natural-looking and functional solution for missing teeth
  • Nutritional benefits from being able to eat foods you previously couldn’t
  • No need for removal at night
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Sedation Dentistry

Making your dental visit more comfortable

We know that many people are fearful of dental procedures and experience anxiety before and during their dental visit. To make your visit more enjoyable and relaxing, many AFFORDABLE DENTURES®  practices now offer conscious sedation.

Under conscious sedation, you’ll be able to hear, see and respond to the action taking place around you in the dental office, but you are much less likely to experience anxiety from it. This also reduces your sense of pain.

There are three kinds of conscious sedation used in dentistry:

All Affordable Dentures-affiliated practices that offer sedation dentistry have a fully trained and certified staff, as required by their state dental regulations. Your dentist will work with you to determine which method is the safest choice for you.


Oral Sedation

Advantages of oral sedation:

  • Easy to administer; just swallow a small pill
  • Works well for most people

Disadvantages of oral sedation:

  • The level of sedation is not easily changed
  • Someone must drive you to and from your dental appointment

How does oral sedation work?

The dentist will prescribe a pill to take an hour before your scheduled dental visit. You must have someone drive you to and from your appointment. When you arrive at the dental office, you will be awake and feeling drowsy and relaxed.

While in the treatment area, the dental staff will monitor your vital signs throughout your appointment. Oral sedatives have no pain-relieving qualities, so local anesthetics are used to prevent pain. Because you are so relaxed, and because of the use of painless injection techniques, you will probably not remember when your mouth was actually being "numbed."

When your treatment is completed, your friend or relative will drive you home. When you are fully awake, you will feel comfortable, relaxed and free from stress. You will probably remember very little about your dental appointment. You should not operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours after receiving oral sedation.

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Inhalation Sedation (Nitrous Oxide & Oxygen)

Advantages of dental inhalation sedation:

  • Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
  • Rapid onset
  • Can be used for any treatment length
  • You can drive yourself to and from your dental appointment and return to normal activities immediately

Disadvantages of dental inhalation sedation:

  • Not indicated for people who have respiratory problems (asthma and emphysema) or women in their 1st trimester of pregnancy

What is nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation?

The mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen ("laughing gas") has been used in dentistry and other medical settings for many decades.

What can I expect from inhalation sedation?

When seated in the treatment area, the dentist places a small mask over your nose to deliver the gas mixture. When your treatment is completed, the nitrous oxide is turned off and you will be given pure oxygen until you feel completely normal. When the effects of the nitrous oxide have completely worn off, you will feel fully awake and alert and will probably remember very little about your dental experience. You will be able to drive yourself home and do anything else you would do during a normal day.

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IV Sedation

IV stands for intravenous. IV sedation medication is delivered through a very small needle placed in the back of your hand or within your inner elbow. Because of its rapid effect, many patients prefer this relaxation option.

What are the benefits of IV sedation?

Just like other forms of sedation dentistry, IV sedation will relax you and make you completely comfortable. IV sedation also eliminates your anxiety and pain. If you have a bad gag reflex or difficulty sitting in a dental chair for long periods, IV sedation will help you with that, as well. You’ll be so relaxed that you may be unaware of the sights, smells, and sounds of the dental office, but still able to respond to verbal cues from the dentist. Patients remember little to nothing of their appointment by the next day.

IV sedation gives your dentist optimum control of the amount of medication administered – your level of sedation can be increased or decreased quickly and comfortably.

Am I a good candidate for IV sedation?

During your first appointment, the dentist will gather a complete health history, evaluate your needs, perform a preliminary oral exam, and explain the recommended procedures.

It’s critical to tell your dentist about all medications and supplements you take so they can check for any potential drug interactions with the sedation medications. Safety always comes first. Your dentist will have you fill out paperwork giving your consent for treatment, answer any questions, and issue pre-appointment instructions and/or medications. He or she may also contact your doctor(s) to ensure that you’re a good candidate for the type of treatment being proposed.

What will my actual treatment appointment be like?

You should not eat or drink anything eight hours before your IV sedation appointment, and a companion is required to take you to and from the dental office. The dentist will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, oxygen level, and pulse throughout the appointment. Upon administration of the IV medication, you will quickly begin to feel relaxed and at ease.

There is no set amount of recovery time, because every patient is different. Many patients begin to feel more alert soon after the IV medication is stopped; however, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after the end of your appointment.

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Same-Day Crowns

Dental Crowns with the SAME-DAY service you’ve come to expect from AFFORDABLE DENTURES® .

Are you too busy for two dental visits? AFFORDABLE DENTURES®  can quickly restore damaged teeth in one visit with natural-looking ceramic crowns.

Our state-of-the-art imaging and on-site technology allow us to create your custom crown in a single office visit. No more temporary crowns followed by additional office visits for permanent crowns.

  • Single-visit convenience
  • High-tech accuracy
  • Natural, tooth-colored crowns
  • Metal free
  • Preserves more healthy tooth material
  • Extremely precise for long-lasting, natural results

We use CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology that houses a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. Digital imaging captures a picture of the damaged tooth and eliminates the need for uncomfortable alginate impressions.

The optical “impression” is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses 3D technology to design your new crown. Then, CAM takes over and creates the crown while you wait. The dentist bonds the crown to the surface of the old tooth, and you’re ready to go. The whole process takes about one hour.

There are more than 20 years of clinical research and in-practice experience behind this technology. We are pleased to offer this high-tech solution at more affordable prices in the following practices:

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Other Services

Affordable Dentures was founded nearly 40 years ago to make dentures affordable and convenient for patients. Today, many affiliated practices also offer implants, crowns, and other general dentistry services – all at fees that will make you smile.

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Crowns & Related

Dental Crowns at a VALUE you’ve come to expect from AFFORDABLE DENTURES® .

You may be looking for a dental crown for a number of reasons, and AFFORDABLE DENTURES®  can help.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.

The dentist will do an evaluation to determine if a crown is the right solution to:

  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together
    parts of a cracked tooth
  • Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth with
    severe wear
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  • Cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Anchor a dental bridge

If you’re a good candidate, the dentist will take an impression, prepare your tooth for the crown, and create a temporary crown that will be worn while your permanent crown is made in a dental laboratory. The permanent crown is usually available in two to three weeks.

At the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown, check the fit and color of the permanent crown and cement it into place.

The following Affordable Dentures practices offer crowns:

 
Are you too busy for two dental visits? 

Learn more about our one-visit crowns. Participating Affordable Dentures practices can quickly restore damaged teeth in a single appointment with natural-looking ceramic crowns.

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Denture-Stabilization Implants

Denture-Stabilization Implants

Denture-Stabilization Implants at a VALUE you’ve come to expect from AFFORDABLE DENTURES®  .

Dental implant therapy has been one of the most significant advances in dentistry in the past 25 years. Hundreds of thousands of denture wearers now enjoy the quality of life and confidence that long-term denture stability brings.

The Challenge

Denture wearers - new and experienced - know that the lower denture presents the most difficulty when adjusting to dentures. It can be frustrating trying to eat certain foods or speaking with confidence if your lower denture begins to float in your mouth.

The Solution

Many Affordable Dentures practices offer a solution called a Denture-Stabilization System, sometimes referred to as Mini Dental Implants (MDI). In most cases, this denture implant system can be completed in the same visit. In about an hour, you can be on your way with a secure lower denture and able to eat and speak much more confidently.

And most importantly, denture-stabilization implants offered by Affordable Dentures are much more affordable, compared to other dental offices.

Secure Dentures in One Visit

The denture stabilization system consists of a few miniature titanium posts that are inserted into your jaw bone and act like the roots of your teeth. A retaining fixture is added to the base of your denture that snaps onto the head of the posts.

Placement of the implants is accomplished quickly and easily in the office. This procedure generally takes just over an hour. It is a one-step procedure that requires no sutures or lengthy healing period.

Benefits

  • Eat and speak with confidence - no more loose-fitting dentures
  • Nutritional benefits from being able to eat foods you previously couldn't
  • No need for denture adhesives or pastes
  • Improved bone stabilization and related oral health benefits

Call us to learn more and schedule an appointment to find out if you're a good candidate for denture-stabilization implants. Use the Locator button to find the closest practice offering this system. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Dentures are not included in the fee for upper or lower denture-stabilization implants.

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Privacy Policy

Information on this website may not be applicable to all dental practices. Each practice is individually owned and operated by a licensed general dentist who determines the policies and services offered in his or her practice.

The term AFFORDABLE DENTURES® is a registered trademark of Affordable Care, Inc. Copyright 2000 – 2013 Affordable Care Inc. All rights reserved.

The term New Denture Wearer PackageSM   is a service mark of Affordable Care, Inc. Copyright 2000 – 2013 Affordable Care Inc. All rights reserved.

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We look forward to giving you a good reason to smile! If you have questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s). Or, please select one of the topics below, and a Patient Support Specialist will respond to your question within 24 hours Monday-Friday (Eastern time).

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Denture FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures & Extraction Services

 

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.)

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Agency Sponsors

How We Work with Agencies/Third-Party Care Providers

Many of the affiliated dental practices providing AFFORDABLE DENTURES® have established agency or third-party care provider relationships with government and social service organizations, nursing home and retirement home facilities, hospices, hospitals, churches and home health agencies. Organizations like Veterans Affairs often use the denture services offered by the affiliated practices to supplement the services they provide within the VAMC.

Our practices generally require payment at the time of service. However, if you have clients, patients or residents for whom your organization will be making payment, we will be glad to establish an agency relationship whereby the practice will accept organization checks or bill the organization for the services that are provided. We can also provide organizations with an approved W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification IRS form if it assists your organization in the processing of a qualified patient's payment for services.

To set up an agency or third-party care provider agreement, simply call 1-888-253-7717 or email  Haley.Wooster@affordablecare.com . She can answer any questions you have and will be pleased to coordinate the quick and simple setup process.

You may also download the form to set up this relationship by clicking here.

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Patient Satisfaction

Patient Satisfaction

The affiliated practices providing AFFORDABLE DENTURES® know that new dentures not only improve smiles, but more importantly, they improve lives. They will help renew confidence in your appearance. They will also help you eat better, and that can have a direct impact on your overall health.

Patient Satisfaction Commitment

Our Patient Satisfaction Commitment simply means we want you to be completely satisfied with the services you receive at the practice. This applies not only to the dentures we provide, but also to the kind of patient care you deserve to receive. Our goal is to do the best we can to meet your expectations as we help you with your experience in wearing dentures.

Please understand, in order to meet this goal, we need you to work with us. It takes time getting used to new dentures. They are not a natural part of your body, so adjusting at first may be uncomfortable and difficult. But be patient and allow us the opportunity and time to solve any problems you may have.

Adjustments

We perform adjustments at no charge during the first 60 days after you receive your dentures. After the first 60 days, adjustments are available at a nominal fee.

Dentures that Break

If your dentures break in normal use during the first year, we will repair or replace, at the dentist's option, the denture at no charge.

Patient Concerns

Please discuss any concerns you have with the dentist and office staff. We appreciate your feedback. If you have further questions or concerns about your visit, please call the Patient Services Center at 1-800-DENTURE (1-800-336-8873) and speak to a Patient Services Representative.

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About Us

About Us

How Affordable Dentures Started

The first Affordable Dentures dental practice opened in 1975 in Kinston, North Carolina when founding dentists, Dr. George Edwards, Jr., and Dr. Donald Henson, saw a growing need in their community for dentures and tooth extractions at affordable fees.  

Same-Day Dentures

Our founders also discovered how important it was to provide immediate dentures with same-day service, especially for patients who had traveled great distances, or for those who were taking time off work to get treatment. Same-day service made the practices very unique. To this day, every affiliated practice has its own on-site denture lab to offer efficient, convenient dental care for its patients.

Continuing to Grow

With almost 200 affiliated practices in 40 states, practice owners benefit from the clinical and technical experiences they are able to share as a network of dental caregivers. More than six million patients have received services from the affiliated practices providing Affordable Dentures.

The Mission

Even though each practice is individually owned and operated by a licensed, general dentist, and some policies may differ from practice to practice, every affiliated practice has a common goal:

To provide affordable denture services and dental care that are delivered with compassion, dignity and respect for all patients.

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Denture Care

Caring for Your Dentures

Daily care and cleaning of your dentures is very important to help keep them looking their best and prevent stains and denture odor. 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.

To help prevent breakage in the event you accidentally drop your dentures while cleaning them, we strongly recommend that you hold them over a sink filled with water. You may also want to cushion the sink and counter with a soft cloth or towel.

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Special Needs

Special Needs

The affiliated practices providing AFFORDABLE DENTURES® are sensitive to patients with special needs. If you have a health condition or physical impairment that requires special attention, please let us know. We will make our best effort to accommodate you.

Please understand that if you have certain health conditions, or are taking certain medications, we may need to receive a report from your doctor prior to providing treatment. It is very important that the dentist be made aware of your specific health situation.

Also, if you require more extensive services than those provided by the practice, the dentist may need to refer you to another dental practice that can accommodate your specific needs. We encourage you to call the office if you are uncertain about your particular circumstances.

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Fees & Payment Methods

Fees & Payment Methods

When you arrive, you’ll see the dentist, who will examine your mouth and talk with you about any dental issues you are having. He or she will discuss treatment options at that time. When you have agreed on a treatment plan and are ready to proceed, payment for services is usually required at that time.

Our goal is to provide you with the best estimated cost for the services you choose. Sometimes, due to clinical issues specific to your case, additional services could be required. In such cases, the dentist will consult with you prior to providing the services.

We also want you to know what you can expect to pay before your visit, so that you can make an informed decision.

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Payment & Financing

The affiliated practices providing AFFORDABLE DENTURES®  accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and, in most cases, checks with valid ID. Some practices offer financing through CareCreditSM (a Synchrony Bank company), but you will need to be approved by the financing company. Please note that some practices offering CareCredit require a minimum treatment fee amount to use this service.

Please check with the practice to see if CareCredit is available, what types of plans are offered, and what, if any, minimum treatment fee is required. 

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card, and applicants are subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. See practice for details.

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Dental Insurance

If you have dental insurance, the practice will provide an appropriate dental walk-out statement. While most practices do not directly file insurance claims, you save money by filing the claim yourself. Our fees are so low that the total cost for services you receive is frequently less than the co-pay you are required to pay to your insurance carrier. The practice staff can help you calculate the costs so you can make the best decision.

Medicaid

Medicaid is a state-funded program that may assist adults in obtaining denture or extraction services. Not all states cover these services, and not all affiliated Affordable Dentures practices accept Medicaid insurance. If you qualify for Medicaid assistance, visit the Location menu button and search for practices that offer Medicaid coverage in your home state.

Payment from Third-Party Care Providers

Many of the affiliated dental practices have established agency or third-party care provider relationships with government and social service organizations, nursing homes, retirement home facilities, hospices, hospitals and home health agencies. Organizations like Veterans Affairs often use the denture services offered by the affiliated practices to supplement the services they provide within the VAMC. Click here to learn more.

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Getting Used to Your New Dentures

Some patients find the experience of wearing a denture for the first time to be challenging. A denture is a foreign object, and unfortunately, it cannot duplicate the exact feel and function of your natural teeth. It will be a new sensation that will take you a period of time to adjust.

We'll make every effort to help you meet the challenge and satisfy your expectations. Each affiliated practice has fabricated thousands of dentures for patients over the years, so they are very experienced in recognizing and addressing issues that may occur.

Time, Patience & Will Power

New dentures can be a somewhat trying experience for some patients. Initially, dentures often will feel strange and bulky and will cause a feeling of fullness of the lips and cheeks. In time, these feelings will subside and you will feel more comfortable. Time, patience and will power are your biggest allies.

 

Other Symptoms

You may also experience slurred speech, gagging, excessive salivation and funny or diminished taste. Again, these issues usually disappear over time. However, if they continue, please contact our office to let the dental staff know about your particular difficulty. We’re here to help you!

Learning to Chew with Your New Dentures

Learning to chew with new dentures takes time. Start with soft foods and gradually introduce more difficult foods. Chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time to stabilize your teeth. Avoid biting into foods with your front teeth, as it may dislodge your dentures.

Lower Denture Challenges

It is especially difficult to adjust to a lower denture, because it "floats" on your lower gums and will not have the suction that your upper denture has. It will move around in your mouth, even out of your mouth, until you have mastered it.

Try resting your tongue against the inside, front edge of the lower denture to help hold it in place. Until you learn good tongue and lip control, adhesives are recommended. Adhesives may also be useful for upper dentures. If you are an existing denture wearer and have become accustomed to adhesives, you most likely will have to continue using adhesives for your dentures.

Other Suggestions

At first, you may want to consider wearing your dentures all the time, even at night, to adapt to them more quickly. After you have become accustomed to them, you should take them out at night and follow a good cleaning routine.

It is common to feel sore places on your gums as you adjust to your new dentures. If you develop a sore spot, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and return to the practice as needed for a denture adjustment. Adjustments are typically free for the first 60 days and are an expected part of any new denture.

Some of the challenges described above can be overcome with denture stabilization implants. As a current or future denture wearer, we encourage you to learn more about these implants as an option to improve your health and overall lifestyle.

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Before Your Visit

Most affiliated practices providing AFFORDABLE DENTURES® open Monday through Friday between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. Visit the Locations menu button to confirm the opening time of the practice you wish to visit.

Same-Day Dentures - Available by Appointment and Walk-in Service

For your convenience, many Affordable Dentures practices take appointments. Treatment on a walk-in basis may also be available, but check with the practice to confirm their policies. If you are interested in receiving SAME-DAY SERVICE on a walk-in basis, you will need to register with the front desk staff as close to opening time as possible. You should also be prepared to be available for the dentist and their staff throughout the day. Please note that some practices require appointments for same-day service for immediate dentures.

Extractions, repairs, and reline services may be provided without an appointment, and often with same-day service. Remember, certain health conditions and certain medications you may be taking will determine whether extractions can be performed the same day. Contact the practice for complete information.

Patient History

When you arrive, you will be asked to complete a Patient History form so that important medical and dental health information will be available for the dentist and their staff. This will assist the dentist in evaluating an appropriate course of treatment for you.

IMPORTANT:  If you are taking prescription medications, please bring a list of those medications with you. You will also need to indicate any over-the-counter medications you may be taking regularly, such as aspirin. Feel free to call the local practice if you have any questions.

Impressions for Dentures

Denture impressions for same-day service are usually taken first thing in the morning and sent to the lab. The lab can then immediately begin fabricating your dentures so that they will be ready for you that afternoon. Most practices are able to take impressions throughout the day, but those dentures will not be delivered the same day.

If you don't need same-day service, please inform the staff so they can make other arrangements that will be convenient for you.

Tooth Extractions & Other Dental Services

Extractions are usually performed in the late morning or early afternoon. Repairs and relines are usually started in the morning, and adjustments are usually scheduled for late morning. Check with the practice for more information about their treatment times and policies.

Delivery of Dentures

The delivery of dentures occurs in the afternoon. The staff will indicate when you should return to receive your denture. Again, YOU MAY NOT RECEIVE YOUR DENTURE IN THE ORDER THAT YOU WERE SEEN IN THE MORNING. The fabrication of your denture is being done efficiently so we can keep our fees affordable.

If you experience any difficulties with your denture, please inform the staff so they can make recommendations about follow-up care. We're here to help!

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Extractions & Repairs


Extraction services can be provided if the dentist determines certain teeth are beyond restorative care. Extraction services will only be performed after an X-ray has been taken and the dentist evaluates your clinical needs. A separate fee is required for an X-ray.

Tooth extractions can be done on a same-day basis in most cases. EMERGENCY EXTRACTION services may also be available the same day.

IMPORTANT:  Please remember that your health conditions, any medications you take, and the complexity of the extraction may affect this service. The dentist will gladly discuss circumstances that affect the availability of extractions on a same-day basis.

Denture Repairs

There are two basic types of REPAIRS: simple repairs and repairs with impressions. Different fees apply to each type of repair. The dentist will need to see the denture to determine the extent of the repair required, or if the denture can be repaired. It may not be possible to repair an older denture that has experienced considerable wear.

Please do not try to repair the dentures yourself. This may result in the need for a new denture for which standard charges will apply. Also, note that you will need to be present in the office the day a repair is being performed on your dentures.

Denture repairs can usually be completed the same day.

Denture Relines

A denture reline refits the denture to the gums by way of a new impression. A reline may provide a solution to a loose-fitting denture.

The reline sometimes can be completed while you are in the treatment chair, but it often needs to be sent to the lab. The dentist will discuss with you the type of reline that will be most appropriate for your clinical needs.

Denture relines can usually be completed the same day.

Denture Adjustments

Denture adjustments help alleviate soreness due to high spots where the denture rests upon your gums. For dentures fabricated at the practice you visited, adjustments are available at NO CHARGE during the first 60 days after you receive your dentures. After the first 60 days, adjustments are available at a nominal fee.

If your denture was not fabricated at the practice you visited, it may not be possible to adjust the denture. The practice staff will need to examine the denture to determine what treatment can be provided.

Please remember an adjustment is not the solution to a loose-fitting denture. A reline is typically the best solution.

Gold Crowns for Dentures

Gold crowns for dentures are offered by most affiliated practices, but you will need to contact the local office to confirm this. These crowns are usually availble through special order. Gold crowns are not provided for natural teeth. Please contact the local office for details.

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New Denture Wearer Package

The New Denture Wearer PackageSM is available for first time denture wearers and offers a significant savings to patients who have had extractions and require an immediate denture. For one package payment, you will receive an immediate denture, a permanent denture after healing is complete, and all the other services needed to help you adjust to wearing dentures for the first time. Our staff will be glad to explain the details of the package and the related savings that you will enjoy.

Is this Denture Package Right for You?

If you have come to the practice because you suffer from tooth pain or discomfort, the dentist will suggest an X-ray be taken of your mouth. After reviewing the X-ray the dentist will consult with you regarding a recommended course of treatment. You may require the extraction of teeth and the placement of a new denture.

For the sake of appearance following extractions, most people want a temporary denture, called an Immediate Denture. Your immediate denture not only helps you feel comfortable with your appearance, but it will help in the healing process of your gums. We encourage you to wear your new denture immediately after extractions. This will assist with healing by acting as a "bandage" to help control bleeding and minimize discomfort when the swelling subsides.

Healing after Tooth Extractions

When you have had extractions, remember that the healing process takes time - normally at least six to nine months and sometimes longer. Each person’s physical health and oral condition is unique, and the healing process will vary from patient to patient.

During healing, it is common for the gum tissue to change and shrink. These changes during the months following extractions often result in space between the gum tissue and the denture. Over time, the immediate denture may not fit as well as it did when first inserted. The dentist may recommend relines to adjust the fit of the denture while your gums continue to heal.

Completing the Denture Package

When the dentist determines the healing of your gums is satisfactory, a new denture impression will be taken and a final denture will be fabricated by the lab to replace the original immediate denture. With the healing complete, you should be well on your way to adjusting to your new denture.

Please ask the staff any questions you may have about the New Denture Wearer Package.