Patient FAQs

Removable dentures are a component of prosthodontics, which denotes the branch of dentistry pertaining to the restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of the member by the restoration of natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and craniofacial tissues with artificial substitutes.  

What to expect from you new denture?

  • In the beginning, your new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky. This is normal, and you will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. 

  • Inserting and removing the partial denture will require some practice.

  • Follow all instructions given by your dentist. Your denture should fit into place with relative ease. Never force the partial denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps. 

  • Your dentist will give you specific instruction about how long the denture should be worn and when it should be removed.

  • Initially, you may be asked to wear your partial denture all the time. Although this may be uncomfortable at first, it's the quickest way to identify areas that may need adjustment.

  • If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. Your dentist will adjust the partial denture to fit more comfortably. After making adjustments, your dentist will probably recommend that you take the partial denture out of your mouth before going to bed and replace it in the morning. 

  • Eating should become a more pleasant experience with dentures. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on both sides. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want to avoid chewing gum during the adjustment period.

  • Partial denture can also help improve your speech. If you find it difficult to pronounce certain words, practice reading out loud. Repeat the words that give you trouble. With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your partial denture.

(Source: America Dental Association)

 
Is a dental technician the same as a dentist?

No, while a dentist is responsible for caring for patients by preventing and treating problems affecting the mouth and teeth, dental technicians develop the actual prosthesis or appliance needed to support this.

Can I book an appointment with the lab?

No, appointments are made with your dentist who is our client. Your dentist is the one responsible for diagnosis, treatment and billing.

What is the cost of...?

Cost is a combination of dentist's time/resources and products manufactured by the lab. This is to be determined and discussed with your dentist. Your dentist may require a deposit or payment in full at the start or before completion of treatment as they are liable for lab cost.

Does the lab accept insurance?

For insurance claims it is common for clinical cost (dentist's time) and lab cost to be labeled accordingly. Insurance coverage is unique to each individual patient and is paid only to the dental provider not to the lab. Coverage is best determined by contacting your insurance provider or by submitting a pre-estimate once treatment is determined. 

I am in need of a dentist what should I do?

Check out our list of dental partners. There you will find a list of dentists we work closely with and are accepting new patients.

 
Dental Terminology
Definitions
Removable Partial Denture Prosthesis
Any prosthesis that replaces some teeth in a partially dentate arch. It can be removed from the mouth and replaced at will – also called partial Removable Dental Prosthesis.
Removable Complete Denture Prosthesis
A Removable Dental Prosthesis that replaces the entire dentition and associated structures of the maxillae or mandible. 
Reline
The procedures used to resurface the tissue side of a removable Dental Prosthesis with new base material, thus producing an accurate adaptation to the denture foundation area. 
Rebase
The laboratory process of replacing the entire denture base material on an existing prosthesis. 
Overdenture
Any removable Dental Prosthesis that covers and rests on one or more remaining natural teeth, the roots of natural teeth, and/or dental implants; a Dental Prosthesis that covers and is partially supported by natural teeth, natural tooth roots, and/or dental implants. 
Implant Denture
A denture is not an implantable device. Dental prostheses (fixed dental prostheses, removable dental prostheses) as well as maxillofacial prostheses can be supported and retained in part or whole by dental implants.
Immediate Denture
Any fixed or removable Dental Prosthesis fabricated for placement immediately following the removal of a natural tooth/teeth.
Fixed Partial Denture
A prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth cemented or otherwise attached to the abutment teeth or implant replacements. 
 

Treatment Indications 

 

Removable Complete or Partial Dentures are indicated for replacement of missing teeth lost due to disease, trauma or injury.  

Complete and Partial Dentures are not indicated for the following:  

  • Patients with chronic poor oral hygiene or teeth that are in poor condition due to periodontal (gum) disease or extensive caries.   

  • Extensive bone loss resulting in an inadequate edentulous ridge  

  • Poor neuro-muscular control  

  • Unresolved soft tissue concerns (e.g., lack of vestibular depth, hypertrophy, hyperplasia, stomatitis) 

 

Complete and Partial Denture Rebasing is indicated for the following:  

  • When changes to the residual ridge result in loss of denture stability, retention, or occlusal disharmony  

  • When replacing or rearranging teeth on a partial denture  

  • When the base has fractured or cracked  

Denture Rebasing is not indicated for the following:  

  • When the prosthesis is broken or worn to the extent that replacement is warranted  

  • When the occlusion or structural integrity of the denture teeth are no longer functional  

  • When a Reline is sufficient  

Denture Relining is indicated for the following:  

  • When changes to the residual ridge result in loss of denture stability, retention, or occlusal disharmony

Denture Relining is not indicated for the following:  

  • When the prosthesis is broken or worn to the extent that it is no longer functional and replacing the appliance is warranted  

  • Unresolved soft tissue hyperplasia or stomatitis

 

Complete and Partial Dentures Interim prostheses are indicated for the following:  

  • While tissue is healing following extractions  

  • Maintenance of a space for future permanent treatment such as an implant, bridge or definitive fixed prosthesis  

  • To condition teeth and ridge tissue for optimum support of a definitive removable partial denture

  • To maintain established jaw relation until all restorative treatment has been completed and a definitive partial denture can be constructed  

Overdentures are indicated for the following:  

  • To preserve the integrity of the edentulous ridge  When the teeth available as retainers have a good long-term prognosis

 Overdentures are not indicated for the following:  

  • When there has been significant deterioration of the edentulous ridge  

  • Members with poor oral hygiene and non-compliance  

Tissue Conditioning is indicated for the following:  

  • The presence of inflammation and irritation of the mucosa or normal anatomic structures  

  • Subsequent to placement of Immediate Dentures  

Tissue conditioning is not indicated for long term appliance stability and/or comfort.