1. What is the average cost of dentures and does dental insurance cover it?
The cost of dentures can vary significantly depending on a number of factors, such as the type of dentures, the materials used, your oral health condition, and even the location and experience of the denturist.
The type of dentures you need will impact the overall cost probably the most. Conventional dentures are typically less expensive than implant-supported dentures, which require additional procedures and materials. The materials used to make the dentures can also impact the cost. High-quality, durable materials like porcelain and composite resins may be more expensive than less durable options like acrylic or resin.
It is important to note that the cost of a full set of dentures may not include additional services or procedures, such as tooth extractions or adjustments to the dentures. These additional services can add to the overall cost of treatment.
Some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost of complete dentures, but the extent of coverage can vary widely depending on the plan. It is important to check with your local dental insurance provider to determine what is covered and what out-of-pocket costs you may incur.
This might not be the answer you expect or like, but there is simply no ‘One fits all’ solution or pricing for dentures. The individual factors of denture treatment can vary widely depending on a number of factors, and we do not want to provide you with inaccurate information. It is important to consult with an experienced denturist like Jennifer Auld at Swiss Denture in Calgary to determine the best treatment options for your needs and budget.
2. What to expect when you are new to dentures?
It is common for people to experience some discomfort and soreness when they first start wearing dentures. This is because dentures are a foreign object in the mouth and can put pressure on the gums and other oral tissues.
- Discomfort and soreness: New dentures can cause sore spots and discomfort, especially in the first few days or weeks of use. This is normal, and the discomfort should gradually subside as the mouth gets used to the dentures.
- Difficulty eating and speaking: It may take some time to adjust to eating and speaking with dentures. Soft foods are recommended during the adjustment period, and speech exercises can help improve the clarity of speech.
- Increased saliva production: Some people may experience increased saliva production when first wearing dentures. This should lessen as the mouth gets used to the dentures.
- Slippage and looseness: Initially, the dentures may feel loose and may slip out of place. This is normal, and adjustments can be made to improve the fit and stability of the dentures.
- Changes in taste: Some people may experience changes in taste when wearing dentures. This is because the dentures cover the palate, which can affect the ability to taste food.
It is important for new denture wearers to follow their denturist’s instructions for the care and use of the dentures. Regular adjustments may be necessary as the mouth and gums change over time. Proper cleaning and maintenance of the dentures can also help prevent discomfort and ensure the dentures last as long as possible.
It is also important to remember that it can take several weeks or months to fully adjust to wearing dentures. Patience and persistence are key to successfully adapting to this new oral appliance.
3. Will my dentures look fake or unnatural?
Many people may have concerns about the appearance of dentures, especially if they are worried about them looking fake or unnatural. However, at Swiss Denture in Calgary, modern denture materials and techniques have come a long way in recent years, and it is absolutely possible to create dentures that look natural and blend in with the rest of the mouth.
Here are some factors that can affect the appearance of dentures:
- Colour: The colour of the denture teeth can be matched to the natural shade of the patient’s teeth, ensuring that the dentures look as natural as possible.
- Shape: The shape of the denture teeth can be customized to fit the patient’s mouth and facial structure, creating a more natural appearance.
- Fit: A well-fitting denture will not only be more comfortable but will also look more natural. A good fit can prevent slippage and movement, which can make the dentures more noticeable.
- Gum line: The gum line of the denture can also be customized to match the patient’s natural gum line, further improving the appearance of the dentures.
- Quality of materials: High-quality denture materials, such as porcelain or acrylic, can provide a more natural appearance and can be matched to the color and texture of the natural teeth.
“It is important to work with a qualified and experienced denture provider like Swiss Denture in Calgary to ensure that your dentures are designed and fitted to meet your unique needs and appearance goals. By working closely together and taking the time to find the right fit and appearance, you will enjoy comfortable, natural-looking dentures that can help restore your confidence and quality of life.”
4. Will my dentures function as well as natural teeth?
Today’s quality dentures can function very well for many people, but there are some factors that can impact their effectiveness. The fit of the dentures is one of the most important considerations. Well-fitting dentures can help you speak and eat more easily, while poorly fitting dentures can cause discomfort and difficulty with everyday activities.
Most dentures may require some adjustment to your diet and eating habits. Initially, you may find it difficult to eat certain foods or to chew as effectively as you did with natural teeth. However, with practice and time, most people are able to adapt to their dentures and eat a wide variety of foods.
This may also require some practice. You may find that certain sounds or words are more difficult to pronounce at first, but with time and practice, you can overcome this. It can be helpful to practice speaking out loud and reading aloud to help your mouth get used to the new dentures.
It is worth noting that there may be some individual differences in how well dentures function and how easily people adjust to them. At Swiss Denture, we can provide guidance on caring for your dentures, adjusting to their use, and addressing any issues that may arise.
5. How do I care for my dentures, and will it be time-consuming?
Caring for your dentures is important to keep them clean and in good condition, and it doesn’t have to be too time-consuming.
Here are some general tips for denture care:
- Remove and rinse dentures after eating: After eating, remove your dentures and rinse them thoroughly to remove any food particles that may be stuck on them.
- Brush dentures daily: Brush your dentures at least once a day using a soft-bristled brush and mild soap or denture cleaner. Avoid using regular toothpaste, which can be too abrasive for dentures.
- Soak dentures overnight: Soak your dentures in a denture cleanser solution or water overnight to keep them moist and clean.
- Brush your gums, tongue, and palate: Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your gums, tongue, and palate every day before you put your dentures in.
- Handle with care: When handling your dentures, be gentle and avoid dropping them or bending the clasps or plastic.
- Visit your dentist regularly: Regular dental checkups can help ensure your dentures fit properly and your oral health is in good condition.
6. How will I feel with dentures?
The impact of dentures on a person’s self-consciousness and confidence can vary from individual to individual. Some people may feel self-conscious about wearing dentures at first, especially if they are new to them or if they feel that the dentures are noticeable or ill-fitting. However, for many people, dentures can ultimately boost their confidence and improve their quality of life.
Dentures can help restore the appearance of your smile and face, which can have a positive impact on your self-image and self-esteem. If you have been living with missing teeth or other oral health issues, the improvements that dentures can bring can help you feel more comfortable and confident in social situations.
It’s worth noting that it may take some time to adjust to wearing dentures, both physically and emotionally. You may feel more self-conscious at first, but with time and practice, most people are able to adjust to their new teeth and feel more comfortable and confident in them. Additionally, working with a skilled and experienced denturist like Swiss Denture in Calgary can help ensure that your dentures fit well and look natural, which can also help you feel more at ease.