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Replacement Dentures – The Consultation Appointment

There are many questions to ask during the consultation appointment regarding your different treatment options.

A thorough examination and consultation are required prior to having an accurate estimate presented. Every denture clinic will attest to receiving telephone calls asking for an estimate for dentures over the telephone. Some give quotes, others do not. We feel giving estimates over the phone is similar to asking an auto mechanic how much it will cost to fix your car while you are stranded at the side of the highway.

Most Denturist’s offer no charge consultations. When calling to book an appointment, ask if there is a charge for the consultation and will a written estimate be provided before treatment is commenced. A written estimate will ensure you and your Denturist have a treatment plan and associated costs have been discussed.

“During my consultation, what questions should I ask?”

Being permitted to ask a lot of questions allows you to feel that your concerns and expectations are being heard.

I suggest you write the questions on a piece of paper and bring them with you to your appointment. Questions should be encouraged, as this is the perfect opportunity for you to be part of your treatment process. Here are a few key questions you may choose to ask your Denturist.

“What techniques do you use that will ensure the comfort and function of my denture(s)?”

There have been both clinical and technical advancements in denture fabrication over the last 15 years. The precision denture techniques now available are essential in determining the many oral ‘records’ that are necessary in fabricating high functioning, well-fitting and longer lasting dentures.

Denture techniques and materials did not make a significant improvement for well over 60 years, prior to the introduction of Esthetica™ dentures. The success of these highly advanced techniques, procedures and knowledge associated with these types of dentures have been well documented in Switzerland, Germany and through parts of Europe since 1975.

“How long should dentures last?”

Many dental professionals would answer this question differently. Some would say five years, others longer. Many variables are taken into consideration when we answer this frequently asked question. We consider the material used in the chewing surface of the denture teeth. Many denture teeth used in denture fabrication wear quickly, often leaving the denture wearer feeling as if the teeth are dull when chewing. Digestive problems, heartburn and jaw joint problems often follow.

Jaw bone structure often is another key reason why dentures do not last a lifetime. The special relationship between healthy natural tooth root and jaw bone are gone when the teeth are extracted. The jaw bone begins to atrophy (shrink) and as years pass the dentures have less jaw bone and gums to be secured to (rest against). This creates ill-fitting or loose dentures. Relining (refitting) of dentures is often required every 2 to 3 years. However, each person is different, some experience rapid bone loss while other experience very little. It is similar to eye sight changing and new eye glasses being required. Having an annual examination to assess the fit and biting position (occlusion) of your dentures will help in adding years to their effectiveness.

“Are all dentures created equally?”

No, there are a wide variety of denture materials, techniques and procedures available today. All of which can affect the quality, price and fit of your denture. Technique and materials are not the only consideration when choosing who will make your denture. Other things to consider are the price, after denture service care and guarantee, if one is offered.

“Do I need a referral to see a Denturist?”

A significant number of people are missing all of their natural teeth. The dental term is edentulous, the absence of all natural teeth. If you are one of the estimated 5 million Canadians who seek denture treatment because you are edentulous you should know that you may consult a Denturist directly and without a referral from your dentist or medical doctor.

Complete denture treatment can go a long way in restoring a natural look, as well as your ability to chew nutritious foods efficiently. Well-made and accurately fitted dentures boost the wearer’s self-confidence, overall health, digestion, speech and appearance. Esthetica’s™ advanced techniques can produce truly natural looking dentures that last for years.

Much of the success in denture wearing depends on the instrumentation, materials and advanced techniques used in the fabrication of dentures. Consumers will often know more about the car or computer they are purchasing than they will about their dentures. Considering you will be directly affected every waking moment of the day by your dentures, it is a good idea to get as much information as you can.

Ask questions such as; what experience do you have making dentures? How long have you been making dentures? Do you offer Esthetica™ dentures or standard dentures. What assurances or guarantees are offered for the durability or longevity of the dentures? Do you offer written estimates?

“What materials are used in the fabrication of the dentures?”

“Do you make your dentures on site in your own laboratory or is it sent to another city/country to be fabricated in a commercial laboratory?”

Get your questions prepared and call Teresa to book your consultation.

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