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Frequently asked questions:
1. What should I be aware of when I am going to the dentist who has no dental lab?
In most cases dentist’s do not have dental labs on permissions but there is a big advantage to those that do the biggest factor is time savings of not having to send things out to a dental lab that may not even in the same state also some things like denture repairs for patients who do not have spare dentures or can not wait days for dentures to be returned from an off premises lab, on site labs can usually do repairs with in hours in most cases and the $$ will be less when done by an on site lab
2. Do I need prescription to get my denture repaired of duplicated?
Most states in the US require a prescription from a dentist for these procedures but in Pa. as long as a dentists is on the premises a prescription is not required and you can go directly to the dental lab
3. What are the usual prices on denture repair and denture duplication?
Prices vary greatly depending on many factors dental lab prices range from $40.00 to $150.00 for general denture repairs and duplicate dentures from $150.00 to400.00
4. How long does it take to get my denture fixed in case of emergency?
In most cases a dental lavatory can repair a denture with in hours or while you wait
5. Do I need special package to mail in my denture?
Most shippers inc. USPS, FED-X,and UPS have free packing materials that are good to ship a dentures or partial to a lab., just use common sense, some bubble wrap, paper towels, denture containers usually work also.
Why are the price on denture repair are so much different sometimes?
The highest price is not usually the best denture repair. It usually means your denture is NOT being repaired on site because it is being sent to a middle man, which will cause you to pay higher prices and loose time. Ask if your denture is being repaired on site. Most dentists send dentures to us and other dental labs or dental technicians to be repaired, and this will $ cost you more $
Make sure you are sending your denture to a licensed facility, including state health departments and state dental licensing boards.
Make sure you are sending your denture repair or duplicate to an experienced dental lab that has been in business for many years and has a track record.
Call and speak to a knowledgeable real person, not an automated system. Be comfortable about where you send your denture.
Be careful of the use of poisonous glues being used by inexperienced or unscrupulous facilities. If you used glue make sure it is being removed as we do automatically
Why should I replace missing teeth?
Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your “bite” is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
How are missing teeth replaced?
|This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in the mouth. The condition of the other teeth also affects the decision. There are two main ways to replace the missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth ? a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
What is a partial denture?
|This is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. Both types may have clips (clasps), to help keep the denture in place in the mouth. Depending on where they are, some of these clips may show when you smile or open your mouth.|
What is the difference between a plastic partial denture and one that contains metal?
|Plastic partial dentures are less expensive to make. But unless they are designed very carefully they can damage the teeth they fit against. Metal partial dentures are usually from an alloy of cobalt and chromium and they are much stronger. They are lighter to wear and can be supported by the remaining teeth. Although the base is metal, they have gum-coloured plastic and natural-looking teeth fixed to them. They are more expensive than the plastic ones.|
How do I choose the best type for me?
|Be guided by your dentist. He or she will know the condition of your remaining teeth. In most cases a metal-based partial denture gives the best result.
Can I have a bridge fitted straight after having a tooth removed?
|In many people it can take up to 6 months for the gums to heal properly after and extraction. This means that you may need to have a temporary denture for 6 months before the bridge is fitted.|
How do I look after my denture?
|The general rule is: brush, soak, brush. Always clean your dentures over a bowl of water or a folded towel in case you drop them. Brush your dentures before soaking, to help remove any food debris. The use of an effervescent denture cleaner will help remove stubborn stains and leave your denture feeling fresher ? always follow the manufacturers? instructions – then brush the dentures again, as you would your own teeth, being careful not to scrub too hard as this may cause grooves in the surface. Most dentists advice using a small to medium headed toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure you clean all the surfaces of the dentures, including the surface which comes into contact with your gums. This is especially important if you use any kind of denture fixative.
If you notice a build up of stains or scale, have your denture cleaned by your dentist or hygienist.
Should I take my denture out at night?
|Your dentist may recommend removing your dentures at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. If you remove your dentures, it is important to leave them in water to prevent any warping or cracking.|
What is the alternative to a partial denture?
|The main alternative is a fixed bridge. This is made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the space, and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space. This is all made in the laboratory and then the pieces are cemented into place with special adhesives. The bridge can’t be removed. Another option is an adhesive bridge. This has wings that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth with very little drilling involved.|
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
|Bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will help you decide which is the best way of replacing missing teeth.|
What are bridges made of?
|Bridges usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
What will a bridge cost?
|Cost will vary according to the size and type of bridge you need. Always get a written estimate and treatment plan before beginning any dental treatment. Although a bridge may seem expensive it should last many years.|
How do I look after my bridge?
|You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.|
Are there other methods for fixing false teeth?
|There are other methods, such as using a combination of crowns and partial dentures that can keep the retaining clips out of sight. These are quite specialized dentures, so you should ask your dentist about them.
Can I have teeth which attach to the jawbone?
|Yes. By having implants. The success of this technique means you may be able to replace missing teeth without crowning other teeth. See our leaflet “Tell me about Implants” for more details. Remember that it is as important to care for your remaining teeth as it is to replace the missing ones.|
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