FAQs

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As you consider joining the millions of patients who have trusted Affordable Dentures & Implants with their care, we want to be sure your questions are answered. The team at your local practice is available to walk you through any information you need. To help provide information to you in advance, please read these commonly asked questions. Call 1-800-DENTURE with additional questions.

APPOINTMENTS

How can I make an appointment?

Call 1-800-DENTURE or click here to find your location and schedule an appointment online.

What if I need an emergency appointment?

Most 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.

YOUR FIRST VISIT

What should I expect on my first visit?

Visit Our Process page to learn more. In addition, below please find helpful information.

Same-Day Dentures - Available by Appointment and Walk-in Service
For your convenience, many Affordable Dentures & Implants 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 on-site lab. The on-site lab can then immediately begin fabricating your dentures so that they will be ready for you that afternoon. Most practices can 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.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Do you provide tooth extractions and other services?

Yes, the practice performs extractions on a same-day basis, in most cases. Your health conditions, any medications you may be currently taking, and the complexity of the extraction may affect this service. The dentist will gladly discuss circumstances that may affect the availability of extractions on a same-day basis. Some practices also offer implants, crowns and other general dentistry services. Please check with the practice to learn more.

Is Affordable Dentures and Implants a franchise?

All Affordable Dentures & Implants practices are individually owned and operated by the Practice Owner, who in most cases is the practicing dentist at the clinic.

Can someone else drop off my dentures to be repaired/adjusted/relined?

No, you must be present at the time of your services.

Why are your dentures so affordable?

Our offices have onsite labs and cut out the middleman. The offices have modest décor and buy in bulk.

Do you accept patients under the age of 18?

Patients must be 18 years or older.

Will I receive my services in one day?

The goal is to provide same day services; it is ultimately at the at the discretion of the dentist.

Can I bring an existing x-ray?

You may bring an existing x-ray; it is ultimately at the discretion of the dentist.

PAYMENTS/FINANCING

What insurance plans do you accept?

Insurance is accepted at some Affordable Dentures & Implants practices. Please visit your local practice’s website to see if insurance is accepted. Oftentimes Affordable Dentures & Implants patients find that the total cost for services is frequently less than the co-pay required to pay to your insurance carrier. Your local practice team can help you calculate the costs so you can make the best decision for you.

How much will my dental care cost me?

Fees vary based on your local Affordable Dentures & Implants practice. Please contact your local clinic to find out more about your specific dental care needs and potential costs. You can also visit our Payment Options page to learn more about Financing options available.

Can I make a payment over the phone?

No, all payments must be made in the practice.

Can I pay with someone else’s check/credit card?

No, the check/credit card holder must be present with a valid ID.

DENTURES

What can I expect as a first-time denture wearer?

If you are suffering from tooth pain or discomfort, the dentist will likely take an X-ray of your mouth. After reviewing the X-ray, the dentist will consult with you regarding a recommended course of treatment. You may require tooth extractions before 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 more comfortable with your appearance, but also helps in the healing process of your gums. We encourage you to wear your new denture immediately after extractions to control bleeding and minimize discomfort as the swelling subsides. When you have had extractions, remember that the healing process takes time– often at least six months, and sometimes more. Each person’s physical health and oral conditions are 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 often result in space between the gum tissue and the denture. The immediate denture may not fit as well as when it was first inserted. You may need a reline and/or a new denture following the shrinkage of your gums, for which standard fees will be charged. The New Denture Wearer Package is available for first-time denture wearers and offers a significant savings. For one package payment, you will receive an immediate denture, a final denture and all the other services needed to help you adjust to wearing dentures for the first time. Your practice staff will be glad to explain the details of the package and the related savings that you will enjoy.

Do you offer adjustments, relines and repairs?

Participating practices perform adjustments at no charge during the first 100 days after you receive your denture as part of our Denture Satisfaction Guarantee. After the first 100 days, adjustments are available at a nominal fee. An adjustment helps alleviate soreness due to high spots where the denture rests upon your gums. A reline may provide a solution to a loose-fitting denture. Your denture will be refit to your gums by way of a new impression. There are two types of repairs: simple repairs and repairs with impressions. Different fees apply. The dentist will need to see the denture to determine the extent of the repair required, or if the denture even can be repaired. It may not be possible to repair an older denture that has experienced considerable wear. Please do not try to repair a denture 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.

How do I get used to a new denture?

Discomfort with new dentures is common. New dentures can be a somewhat trying experience for some patients, especially for first-time wearers. Initially, dentures often feel strange and bulky and can cause a feeling of fullness of the lips and cheeks. In time, these feelings subside, and you will feel more comfortable. Time and patience are your biggest allies. Other symptoms you may experience with new dentures are slurred speech, gagging, excessive salivation and funny or diminished taste. Again, these symptoms usually disappear over time. However, if they continue, please contact the office to let the dental staff know about your difficulty. We are here to help you. Helpful suggestions to assist in your adjustment to a new denture: 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. It is especially difficult to learn to use a lower denture, because it “floats” on your lower gums and will not have the suction that your upper denture does. 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. At first, you should wear your dentures all the time, even at night, to adapt to them more quickly. After you have become accustomed to them, it is advisable to take them out at night. 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 an adjustment to the denture. Adjustments are usually free for the first 60 days and are an expected part of any new denture.

How do I care for my dentures?

Daily care and cleaning of a new denture are 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. You should soak your dentures in water or a denture cleaning agent when you take them out at night. We strongly recommend holding your dentures over a sink filled with water when cleaning them. This will help to prevent breakage if the denture is accidentally dropped. You may also want to cushion the sink and counter with a soft cloth or towel. You can find a short video on our website demonstrating how to clean your dentures.

When should I replace dentures?

Without natural teeth, your jaw bone will shrink over time. Dentures will typically need to be replaced every five to seven years. It is important to get yearly dental check- ups. The dentist will evaluate the fit of your denture, offer suggestions for denture care and hygiene, and check for issues that may arise, like oral cancer.

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.

IMPLANTS

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that can be inserted into your jawbone. They act much like the roots of your natural teeth and can secure and stabilize a single crown, a bridge or a full arch denture or higher-end restoration.

How can implants help denture wearers?

Dentures can become loose and can float on your gums. Denture wearers often experience challenges while eating, talking, and interacting with others, and find that their dentures are less secure and predictable than their natural teeth. For patients who are having these challenges, denture implants will help a patient eat and speak more confidently. This is especially helpful for the lower denture, which tends to be less secure. Since implants replace tooth roots in the jaw bone, the bone stays more healthy and full, and the facial structure stays more intact over time. This stops the process of premature aging that continues even with the use of dentures.

How do implants prevent bone loss?

Bone loss begins the moment you lose a natural tooth. In the first year following the loss of a tooth, your jaw bone can recede almost one quarter of an inch. Without the support of your teeth and facial bones, your face will begin to look prematurely aged. Tooth replacement with dental implants helps prevent bone loss allowing you to maintain a more youthful appearance.

Will dental implants look like my natural smile or teeth?

Most patients discover that implants are the best available solution for the replacement of missing teeth.  Affordable Dentures & Implants practices offer a variety of options to create a new, natural smile that looks great, restores much of your chewing ability and helps to prevent further bone loss. Your dentist can help you determine which solutions are right for you.

Can I get a single tooth implant?

Yes - Affordable Dentures & Implants offers a range of implant solutions from single tooth implants to our All-In-One Solution, an implant supported fixed denture that is the closest to your real teeth.

Are implants expensive?

Implants represent an investment in the long-term health of your jaw bone and facial structure, as well as the long-term comfort and confidence in your eating, smiling, interacting and living. Implants cost more than dentures alone, but the benefits can be life changing. Affordable Dentures offers implants at prices that often are significantly more affordable than other providers.

Are dental implants approved by the FDA?

Yes, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration first approved implants in 1982. They have been offered to patients for decades by dentists. Based on rigorous clinical testing, the FDA granted product approval for long-term treatment.

Am I a candidate for dental implants? What about same-day implants?

Your overall health, bone density, and other factors help determine if dental implants are right for you. Your Affordable Dentures & Implants dentist will consult with you to determine your best tooth replacement solutions.

Does Affordable Dentures & Implants provide a lot of implants to patients?

Affordable Dentures & Implants dentists care for hundreds of thousands of patients each year. Our affiliated practice network is the single largest provider of implants in the U.S. As a leading implant purchaser, we provide patients with access to affordable prices for implants, while delivering long-term implant solutions for patients. Our affiliated dentists combine intensive training and depth of experience to provide ongoing benefits to implant patients.