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Denture Steps & Fees
At Marion Dentures & Dental, we can assist you with ALL general dentistry services! Everything from dental cleanings, fillings and crowns, to extractions, implant placement and even dentures!
Comprehensive Exam & X-rays
For new patients (without dental insurance) the Comprehensive Exam is $19.99, which includes any x-rays. If you have dental insurance, the fee for the Comprehensive Exam and x-ray is $176. Most dental insurance plans consider these services diagnostic and estimate that they will pay at 100%. We take a full set of x-rays or panorex x-ray. Dr. Conaghan will then review the treatment options, the front desk team will review the cost of treatment and discuss the different payment plans and your insurance benefits when applicable. We do our very best to estimate your patient portion prior to each dental appointment, however, we do prefer to send in a Pre-Determination to your insurance to verify exactly what they pay. (See Insurance and Financing tab).
Our dentures are named, "Bronze", "Silver", "Gold", "Platinum" and "Titanium". They are not made of these elements. The photo below shows the tooth samples for dentures available in the order listed from top to bottom.
IMMEDIATE DENTURES are $249 per plate. Immediate dentures are considered transitional or practice dentures. They assist the patient in learning how to eat and talk and also act like a bandage as you are healing. It takes the bone and gum six (6) months to heal and shrink fully. It is important for you to understand that the immediate dentures WILL BECOME MORE AND MORE LOOSE AS TIME GOES ON; over the 6 month healing time. It is absolutely necessary for you to come in for adjustments and soft liners, six weeks after the teeth are extracted, to assist in keeping the immediate dentures in place. The immediate dentures are delivered right after the teeth are extracted and worn for 6 months following the surgery to allow ample healing time. Once 6 months has passed, we then have the patient back to start impressions for the permanent, replacement dentures. The prices and warranties are as follows:
The difference between the replacement dentures is the strength of the teeth themselves. The density of the teeth increases as the prices increases. For example, the Platinum and Titanium teeth are the most durable and the dentures that are recommended for patients who have their natural teeth on an opposing arch, as they are strong enough to withstand the biting force of natural teeth. Patients with natural teeth still present on an opposing arch may choose a less durable denture, however the warranty will not be valid.
BRONZE - $349 per plate - 1 Year Warranty
SILVER - $599 per plate - 3 Year Warranty
GOLD - $799 per plate - 5 Year Warranty (This is the Standard denture that we use for patients with Insurance)
PLATINUM - $999 per plate - 7 year Warranty
TITANIUM - $1499 per plate - Lifetime Warranty
This photo of the teeth samples above, gives an example the different sizes of teeth and shades available. We will assist our patients in choosing the proper size of teeth and the shades vary as listed below from top to bottom:
Bronze - The shade of the teeth shown on top example(above), is the true shade of the teeth you will receive. This shade represents the Bronze denture AS WELL AS the Immediate dentures.
Silver - The shade of the teeth shown here can also be 1 shade lighter
Gold - The shade of the teeth shown here can also be 1 shade lighter
Platinum - The shade of the teeth shown here can also be 1 shade lighter
Titanium - The shade of the teeth shown here can also be 1 shade lighter
Patients Wanting Extractions & Dentures
We are happy to assist our patients with all of their dental needs; whether it be for cleanings and fillings to extractions and dentures. Our fee for extractions start at $99.00, however, the fee for impacted wisdom teeth varies from $229 to $299.
Step 1 - We take a highly accurate impression of the teeth in order to make diagnostic casts.
Step 2 - Usually 1 hour following the initial impression, wax rims are placed in the mouth to establish a proper bite and orientation (occlusion) of the teeth. We assist the patient in choosing the shape, size and shade of teeth to be used in the denture/s.
Step 3 - Following the impressions and wax bite, seven (7) to fourteen (14) days later, your next appointment will be the extractions of all of your teeth. Dr. Conaghan will provide topical and oral anesthetic(we do not offer nitrous or general anesthesia), and the teeth are extracted, sutures are placed(when necessary) and the immediate denture/s (for definition, please see below) are put in the mouth.
PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT provide sedation of any type. All Oral Surgery that we provide is with local anesthetic ONLY.
Immediate dentures are considered transitional or practice dentures. They assist the patient in learning how to eat and talk. It takes the bone and jaws six months to heal and shrink (resorption), therefore, this denture will become more and more loose as the six month healing time passes. Adjustments to these dentures are needed as well as soft liners to assist in keeping the dentures in place during the healing process. After six months, we have the patient back in to start new impressions of the gums to make the permanent denture(s).
Step 4 - 24-48 hours following the extractions, we have the patient back in for a "post op" check to make sure they are doing ok. It is also a good time to make small adjustments to the immediate dentures to eliminate any sore spots.
Step 5 - 7-10 days following the extractions, we have the patient in to remove the sutures. This is also a good time for us to make adjustments to the dentures to eliminate any sore spots.
First Time Denture(s) - It will take some time to get accustomed to dentures. Unfortunately, a complete denture is not going to feel just like your natural teeth felt. After time, however, they should become comfortable. As with any changes in the mouth, it will take time to get used to your new "teeth." There is a period of time where your denture will need to "settle in" before it feels right. Upper dentures usually fit snugly and stay in with suction. The lower dentures does not develop this suction due to the different shape of the lower jaw. The lower denture has more of a tendency to "float." With time you will learn how to help hold the lower denture stable by the way you use your mouth when you eat, speak and rest. Denture adhesives can help but is not recommended during the first few weeks of wearing your new denture/s.
The difficulties and problems associated with wearing dentures include, but are not limited to:
Speaking - It is expected that you will have some difficulty with speaking and enunciating your words. But be patient! With practice, you will quickly adapt and soon you will find it more difficult to speak properly without them. Every patient adjusts at his or her own rate so practice and give it time.
Eating - You will have to get used to eating with your new denture. It is important to know that you do not chew the same as you did when you had your own teeth. Natural teeth chew in an up-and-down motion. Denture teeth use a side-to-side motion to mash down the food. Cut your food into smaller pieces to make your denture chewing more effective.
Bone Fragments or Bone Spurs - Following teeth extractions, sometimes bone fragments work their way out from the areas surrounding the extractions sites. Bone spurs are common and are a self-correcting problem. The fragments will either work out of the gum or resorb back in to the gum. The denture(s) will hurt if placed on top of the bone fragment, so it is best for the denture(s) to remain out a few days to allow the bone piece to come out. This can take several weeks in some cases.
Softliners - These fill in the void between the immediate dentures and the gums/tissures, during the six (6) month healing process. Six (6) weeks following the extractions, we schedule an appointment to place the softliner material inside the denture to assist in its retention. Once the softliner is placed, be sure to soak the dentures in water when they are not in the mouth (soaking in polident or cleansing tablets is fine as well) or the material will dry up. You may need additional adhesives with the softliner in place. When cleaning the dentures, do not use a toothbrush or sharp object (like fingernails) to remove the adhesive as this may cause the softliner to peel off prematurely. It is natural for the softliner to begin to peel off over time, however, this is why we will replace the softliner if needed. Remember, the immediate dentures are worn during the six months healing time. The tissues heal at different levels, depending on each patient's anatomy. If you are doing well with your softliner, we will leave it up to you, the patient, to contact us for adjustments and additional softliners. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you're doing well and you can look forward to our contacting you to get you scheduled for impressoins for your permanent dentures. Please be certain to NOT wear any adhesive in the immediate dentures when coming in for adjustments or soft liners. THANK YOU! :)
Steps to Making A Replacement Dentures:
Step 1 - We take impression(s) of the teeth and/or gums in order to make diagnostic casts.
Step 2 - Usually within an hour following the impressions, wax rims are placed in the mouth to establish a proper bite and orientation (occlusion) of the teeth. We assist the patient in choosing the shape, size and shade of the teeth to be used in the denture(s).
Step 3 - 24 to 48 hours following the wax bite, the lab will have your permenant teeth (pre-made plastic teeth) set into wax, according to the dentist's directions. At this point the patient will have the opportunity to see what the teeth look like BEFORE they are processed. The doctor will check the bite, orientation and esthetics. After the doctor and patient agree that they like the appearance of the teeth, the dentures will be processed.
Step 4 - 48 to 72 hours later, we are ready to give you the final product. The lab has now processed the premade teeth into a hard, tissue colored acrylic base. If necessary, the dentist will make adjustments to the fit and the bite. The immediate dentures(if the patient had any) are given to you to take home as your spare set.
Follow-up/Adjustments: It is always best to give the new dentures a try. It is like getting a new pair of shoes and many sore spots will work themselves out in a few days and your gums will toughen up. If adjustments are needed, just give us a call and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.
Difficulty speaking - It is expected that you will have some difficulty with speaking and enunciating your words. Please be patient! With practice, you will quickly adapt and soon you will find it more difficult to speak properly without them. Every patient adjusts at his or her own rate so practice and give it time.
Difficulty eating - You will have to also get used to eating with your new denture. It is important to know that you do not chew the same as you did when you had your own teeth. Natural teeth chew in an up and down motion. But denture teeth use a side to side motion to mash down the food. Cut your food into smaller pieces to make your denture chewing more effective. Some patients find they can chew about anything and others find they are limited to how well they chew certain food. But all patients improve with practice so don't get frustrated.
Other problems may be food under dentures, functional problems, loose dentures, lack of retention, need for adhesives or feeling of fullness. Certain medications may increase the amount of saliva produced, resulting in an increase in sore spots and more difficulties adapting to the dentures. Some denture patients may experience an excessive amount of saliva initially but this will usually return to normal.
Future Appointments Make an appointment as soon as you develop any sores or change in the fit of the denture(s), or if any other problem you would like to have addressed. We normally recommend a six month appointment and then yearly appointments to update your medical history and have denture evaluated for fit, bite and esthetics. We also examine the soft tissues for denture irritation, and an oral cancer screening. At this time your denture will be professionally cleaned and disinfected.
CARING FOR DENTURES:
Proper denture care is important for both the health of your denture and mouth. Here are some tips.
Handle dentures with great care. To avoid accidentally dropping them, stand over a folded towel or a full sink of water when handling dentures.
Brush and rinse your dentures daily. Like natural teeth, dentures must be brushed daily to remove food and plaque. Brushing also helps prevent the development of permanent stains on the dentures. Use a brush with soft bristled brush as it can damage or wear down dentures. Gently brush all surfaces of the dentures and be careful not to damage the plastic or bend attachments. In between brushings, rinse dentures after every meal.
Clean with a denture cleaner. Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid can be used for cleaning dentures. Household cleansers and many toothpastes may be too abrasive for dentures and should not be used. Also, avoid using bleach, as this may whiten the pink portion of the denture. Ultrasonic cleaners can be used to care for dentures. These cleaners are small bathtub-like devices that contain a cleaning solution. The denture is immersed in the tub and then sound waves create a wave motion that dislodges the undesirable deposits. Use of an ultrasonic cleaner, however, does not replace a thorough daily brushing. Products with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance are recommended since they have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
Denture care when not being worn. Dentures need to be kept moist when not being worn so they do not dry out or lose their shape. When not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. However, if the denture has metal attachments, the attachments could tarnish if placed in a soaking solution. Your dentist can recommend the best methods for caring for your particular denture. Dentures should never be placed in hot water, as it can cause them to warp.