Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who is a denturist?
A Denturist is a specialist in the fabrication and fitting of dentures. Denturists provide the most cost- and time-effective service, laboratory work is done in-house on the premises and client care is done chairside in the clinic. Our expertise, meticulousness and professionalism make us the best possible choice to help you maximum the benefit from dental prosthetics technology.
Q. How long do dentures last?
A. The average life of a denture is typically between 5 and 10 years. Like natural teeth, dentures will wear and stain over time and although your teeth are gone, your mouth and gums will continue to change shape for the rest of your life. Due to this, your denture fit and function can be affected and will require a reline, rebase or need to be remade at some point. An annual appointment with us will help maximize the life of your dentures and avoid potential problems.
Q. My dentures are broken, can you repair them?
A. Yes, in most cases we do same day repairs and relines or advise you on what steps to take. Our onsite lab gives us the ability to make alterations, adjustments and repairs to your dentures in a timely matter, while you wait.
Q. Do you accept insurance?
A. Yes, we offer electronic billing to most insurance companies and we are happy to serve clients who are part of Veterans Affairs, NIHB, ODSP, Ontario Works and Essential Health. We send an electronic pre-determination to your insurance provider before we start any procedures to ensure that you know how much will be covered.
Q. Do you offer financing for those on fixed income?
A. Many of our clients are on fixed incomes. To help these individuals we create a payment plan that will be acceptable to both of us. Through PayBright we can offer financing options starting from 0% interest rate. Rates are calculated according to credit score. Our estimates include all fees associated with your treatment, with no hidden costs.
Q. How do I clean my dentures?
A. Clean the dentures thoroughly at night by using cold water, liquid soap and a firm denture brush. Hot water may be harmful and NEVER use toothpaste as it is abrasive and will cause scratching of the denture materials. Be sure to use a separate toothbrush and regular toothpaste to clean any natural teeth, tongue and gum surfaces. Overnight, take your dentures out and immerse them in a denture bath filled with water or denture cleaner.
Q. What are denture implants and what are the benefits?
A. Denturists are Implant denture specialists. For teeth replacement the preferred method is dentures supported by implants. Surgical screws are implanted directly into the bone similar to how real teeth work. This provides the base for the dentures to connect with, which provides security and comfort when chewing or talking. The titanium in implants help stimulate bone growth, great news for denture wearers! The cost of these implants has become very affordable. Consult our office to discover how dental implants will improve the quality of your life!
Q. How long does it take to make the dentures?
A. It takes on average 3 to 5 appointments to complete your dentures, the time frame will depend on the type of denture that you will require, and the frequency that you can attend your appointments. On average it takes anywhere from one and a half to three and a half weeks.
Q. How do I know that I will like my new dentures?
A. Before your dentures are finished, you will have a “Try In” appointment. During that appointment we will check your bite, denture fit, make sure that you are able to speak properly. We will also make sure that you are 100% happy with how your new smile looks. And if at any point during your “Try In” appointment you would like to make any changes to your dentures, no matter how big or small, we will make any adjustments necessary. We will re-try the dentures after the changes are made, to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with the final result.
Q. Is there a way to secure my full lower denture without implants?
A. For the clients who are not able to secure their dentures with dental implants we offer SEMCD or Lower Suction dentures. This revolutionary new technique allows us to create air-tight seal around the denture border which prevents lower denture from lifting and floating in the mouth.
Q.How does Lower Suction dentures work so well?
A. Lower Suction dentures (SEMCD) work so well because a suction is built on taking a unique, detailed impression of your gums. The dentures form to your lower jaw, mirroring every natural shape, creating a strong seal with a firm suction that holds the denture in place, regardless of what a person may be doing with their mouth. With the use of latest materials and techniques these dentures are meticulously designed to provide you with the most natural appearance and function without the need for surgical procedures like implants, and do not require adhesives, even for clients with extremely low gums.
What to Expect from The First Denture Appointment with Us
Step 1. Booking Your Denture Appointment
At your first appointment, you will be greeted by our lovely front desk staff. You will then need to fill out an office form. If you are a new patient, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete the paperwork.
Step 2. Meeting Your Denturist
After the paperwork is complete, you will see our denturist. He will go over the medical history, your current oral conditions, needs and concerns. During your oral examination, we cover the following:
Step 3. Answering Your Questions
Usually our clients have an array of questions and we will definitely answer all of them. We believe that every person needs to be fully informed about their oral conditions and should understand the best treatment options available to them based on their needs and budget. We allow plenty of time with each client, to ensure you receive the best service.
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