Payment & Insurance
- Many insurance companies will only pay for silver (amalgam) fillings, so if you receive any white or tooth colored (composite) fillings on your teeth, they will make you pay the difference in cost.
- “Missing Tooth” clause: This means your insurance will not pay to replace teeth that were missing before you had dental insurance. Dentures, partials and bridges are denied many times because of this. However, if you have had the previous denture, partial or bridge for more than five years, they will often pay to replace those. Sometimes we will need to resubmit the claim and explain that your previous appliance is more than five years old.
- Your deductible: Sometimes insurance companies apply your deductible to services it usually does not apply to, such as x-rays.
- Your yearly maximum: Most insurance plans have a yearly maximum (typically around $1,000) they will pay. This usually runs on a calendar year and will renew on January 1. Patients are responsible for any amount over their annual maximum.
Dentures & Partials
You have two options when considering dentures:
- You can get all of your teeth extracted. After six to eight weeks for healing you can then get your dentures. This usually eliminates the need for a reline.
- We can do what is called Immediate Dentures. Most patients go with this second option, as people generally don’t want to go without teeth. We understand this and, in most cases, we accommodate.
For Immediate Dentures, we usually begin by extracting the back teeth and allowing a few weeks for you to heal. Then we take impressions for your new denture(s). Our lab will set the new denture teeth in wax before the actual denture is made. Then we do what is called a wax try-in. You will try in the wax denture(s), and the doctor will check your bite with the new back teeth. If you and the doctor are pleased with the wax model, we will process your new denture(s) and schedule you to have the remaining teeth extracted. At the next appointment, we will extract all of the remaining teeth and immediately place the denture in your mouth. The pressure from your new denture will act as a bandage for your extractions.
You will be asked to follow some very important post-operative instructions and return to the office in a few days. By this time, you may have some sore areas from your new denture. This is perfectly normal. Either the doctor or one of our expanded functions dental assistants will adjust your denture(s) for better comfort.
You will need to have a reline after you have healed. If you have your teeth extracted in our office the price of the Immediate Dentures includes a free reline.
Dr. Ker researched the process of making same-day dentures and feels it is an inferior product for our patients. Here’s why:
Dentures made in one day, most likely, will not include a wax try-in. Our dentures do include a try-in to insure you are happy with the look, fit and function before we go to the next step.
Dentures made in one day are usually made with a self-curing acrylic verus the heat-cured acrylic we use. Self-cured acrylic is not as strong as heat-cured acrylic (see bar graph below). Weaker acrylic typically means more breakage and causes dentures to wear out sooner.
Self-cured acrylic tends to be less color-stable than our heat-cured acrylic. Our dentures will be less likely to discolor from food, drinks, smoking etc.
Dr. Ker’s in-house lab has been using the same heat-curing method since 1978. When we explain the difference to our patients, they usually agree they prefer our process.