Frequently Asked Questions Our Customers Ask
As the nation’s most trusted provider of dentures and dental implants, the team at Affordable Dentures & Implants wants to make sure that all of your questions are answered before you begin your journey toward your best smile yet. Please refer to these frequently asked questions, and for any further information, call your local office to speak to a member of our highly skilled dental team. You can also call our national hotline at 1-800-DENTURE. We look forward to speaking with you!
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the gums and jaw to be fastened to permanent or snap-on dentures. You can get implants for full arch dentures or even just for one tooth, and they are the preferred choice for patients who want the most secure fit from their denture.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a bridge?
Dental implants offer many advantages over traditional dentures or bridges.
They are more aesthetically pleasing, because they look and feel like your own teeth. Since they integrate with your underlying bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompanies bridgework and dentures. You are able to conserve more of your original teeth because implants do not need the support of your surrounding teeth like a dental bridge or acrylic denture.
Implants are a much more secure and permanent solution to tooth loss than dentures because they are surgically placed into your jaw. Your attached dentures may be removed, but you won’t ever have to worry about them falling out or losing grip when speaking or eating.
Finally, many patients report more freedom in their diet with implants and implant supported dentures.
Do I need implants?
If you are currently a denture wearer and are finding your dentures troublesome, you very well might consider an implant procedure. You also may be experiencing excessive bone loss in the places of your missing teeth. Implants act as a replacement root for your teeth and will stop this dangerous bone loss as soon as they are placed.
If you are missing one or many teeth and wish to have the most permanent and secure looking smile that looks and feels natural, an implant procedure might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Not everyone qualifies for an implant procedure, so please talk to your dentist to see if this might be a good option for you.
What are the different types of implants?
- Screw in
- Single tooth implants
- Crown/Bridge implants
Not all denture types are compatible with each type of implant, so it is important to talk to your dentist about which pairing will be ideal for your unique situation.
How long will my implants last?
Implants are the most permanent dental solution for missing teeth. The implants themselves may last 20 years or more, but the dentures will need to be replaced before then.
With proper care, your implant-secured removable dentures (snap-on dentures) or your permanent, fixed arch bridge could last 10-15 years, compared to traditional removable dentures that may only last 5-10.
Can I eat normally with my implants?
Yes! The time period after getting your implants may be painful and uncomfortable as your gums heal, but this should only last for a couple of days.
Once you are fitted with your implants, you should be able to eat and drink anything you want.
Do I need to have dental checkups with implants?
Yes. You will need to periodically check-in with your dentist to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy, just like with your regular teeth.
How do I care for my implants?
Your implants will be surgically inserted into your gums so it’s important to keep the rest of your mouth healthy. You will need to take proper care of your dentures by brushing regularly and soaking them if they are removed from your mouth.
Make sure to follow the correct care instructions given to you by your dentist to ensure the longest life span of your dentures.
How long is a dental implant procedure?
It depends on the type of implant procedure and how many teeth are missing. You may ask your dentist what the projected procedure time is, but at Affordable Dentures & Implants we can perform the implant procedure and send our patients home with their temporary dentures in one day.
How do I know what my implants will cost?
The affiliated practices at Affordable Dentures & Implants want you to know what fees will be charged before you come to the practice. You can get fee information 3 ways:
- You can call the practice directly.
- You can call 1-800-DENTURE and they will give you fee information over the phone ... and they will mail you an information brochure with practice fee information at no charge.
- You can visit the Locations button on this web site and you will see the fee schedule for the practice you would like to visit.
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 markup that is charged by outside commercial dental labs. We eliminate the “middleman” and pass that savings on to patients.
- With so many affiliated Affordable Dentures & Implants practices we have cost saving “volume buying power” for all our clinical supplies and materials.
- Our practices are comfortable but not luxurious ... this helps keep our fees low!
Do you accept dental insurance?
If you have dental insurance, your local Affordable Dentures & Implants practice will help you to file a dental insurance claim with any insurance company by providing an appropriate dental statement of services. While most practices do not directly file insurance claims, you can still save money by filing the claim yourself.
Since our fees are so low, the total cost for the services you will receive is frequently less than the 50% copay 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.