What is the suggested waiting period after extractions?
Our doctors prefer that you wait at least eight weeks if you've
had more than 4 teeth extracted. Although your oral surgeon or
dentist may release you earlier, taking an impression too soon
may result in a poor fit. Since everyone heals differently we
would be happy to schedule you for a free consultation with our
doctor to discuss your individual situation prior to our recommended
Can I get a denture immediately?
We no longer use an immediate denture because of possible problems
with long term fit and appearance. Our recommendation would be
to use a temporary denture that consists of 6 front teeth with
acrylic bite pads for chewing. Also included are two CoComfort
relines, which is a tissue conditioner to help you heal. We ask
that you wear the temporary denture for 2 or 3 months or longer
before getting your permanent denture
What is the procedure for making dentures?
In most cases a patient is seen at an early morning appointment
to enable us to complete 3 steps during this first visit.
1) Impression-We make a customized mold of the mouth
2) Bite-Register the position of your ridges
3) Full Try In-Teeth are set in wax and inserted so the patient
can see the size, shape, color and position of the teeth, for
your approval, before the denture is processed.
This procedure takes approximately 3 to 4 hours. The
patient is then scheduled with an appointment to insert the finished
denture within one week. On this appointment the finished denture
will be checked and any necessary adjustments made.
How do I care for my new denture?
For a healthy mouth and fresh breath dentures should be cleaned
daily. In order to avoid breaking the denture, always fill the
sink with water and clean your dentures over the sink. Rinse your
dentures to remove loose food particles. Use cool or warm water,
NEVER hot, as it could warp the denture. Apply a denture-cleaning
paste or toothpaste to a moistened denture brush or a soft-bristled
toothbrush. Do not use ordinary, bleach, vinegar or soap unless
directed by your dentist. Clean all surfaces, not just the teeth.
Rinse dentures under the faucet to remove all traces of cleaning
paste. At night, soak your dentures in a denture soak. Brush your
gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled regular toothbrush
to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Then reinsert your
Is an appointment necessary?
In order to service all patients in a timely manner, we recommend
scheduling an appointment.
How can I pay for my denture?
We accept PA Medical Assistance, Med +, Gateway and most dental
We accept Master Card, Visa, Check or Cash. We require 50% down
on your impression date and the balance at insertion.
How does Medical Assistance and Insurance work?
Medical Assistance, Med + and Gateway will pay for a denture every
five years. A patients needs to call our office with their recipient
number and we will call Medical Assistance to verify patient is
covered with the right plan. If they are, we will call the patient
and schedule them for a Preauthorization that consists of an exam
and X Rays. This report is then sent to Medical Assistance and
after we receive their approval we can start the denture.
Dental Insurance can be used three different ways.
1.) A patient can Pre pay for their denture and we then submit
a claim to the insurance company. We would start the denture immediately.
2.) A patient can also choose to do a Preauthorization to your
insurance company. With this procedure a patient comes in and
fills out paper work that we send to the insurance company, then
we wait for the written report to come back from the insurance
company stating what they will pay. The patient then only pays
the difference. We cannot start the denture until the report comes
back, which, depending on the insurance company, can take 4 to
3.) A patient can pay a $75.00 deposit and we would do an Impression
and bite. Then we would wait for the Insurance Pre Auth to come
back and do the Full Try In and Insertion.
When should I replace my denture?
The ADA recommends that all dentures be checked every 5 to
8 years for fit and functionality. They should also be checked
if your denture is worn, ill fitting or any of the following conditions
exist, sore spots, difficulty chewing, slurred speech, dentures
whistle or click, sunken mouth or cheeks.
What is a Reline and when is it necessary?
A reline creates a better fit when your denture is loose or
ill fitting. . An impression is taken of your denture and a liner