Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does a new set of dentures cost?
- How do I clean my dentures?
- What is your payment plan option?
- How do I know if you accept my insurance?
- How long does it take to get a new set of dentures?
- What is the process to get a new set of dentures?
- What is the difference between BPS and Ivoclar Precision dentures?
- What makes your office unique?
- Why should I go to a Denturist instead of a Dentist for dentures?
- My dentures aren't bothering me, why replace them?
- Why do I need a check-up/annual exam?
- How often do I need to reline/refit my dentures?
- How often do I need to replace my dentures?
- What are your office hours?
- Where are you located?
- What is your Referral Program?
This is probably one of the most asked questions, however, it is not the easiest to answer. Just as each of our patients is unique, so are the options for their denture care. The only way for us to give you an accurate price is to have you come in for a No-Charge Consultation so that the denturist can do an evaluation and assess your specific needs.
You should clean your dentures daily with a soft brush and a professional denture cleaner like Denture Brite™. Never use toothpaste! It is too abrasive and can scratch the teeth. How to use Denture Brite™:
- Fill the denture bath about half-full with warm water
- Add ¼ - ½ teaspoon Denture Brite™ - it will dissolve
- Soak denture for 20 minutes or longer
- Rinse denture well before inserting in your mouth
- For stubborn stains or build-up, soak for a longer period
- IMPORTANT: Dentures with soft inner liner and partial dentures should not be soaked for more than 20 minutes per soaking.
- Do not use Denture Brite™ on appliances containing gold.
- We sell Denture Brite™ at both of our offices for $10 per bottle.
We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Citi Health Card as forms of payment. On approval of credit, we offer our patients a 12 month no interest* payment plan through Citi Health. *If it is paid in full within the 12 month period, there are no interest charges. If the balance is not paid in full in the 12 month period, then interest charges will apply. To apply for a Citi Health Card, please use the following link and choose Bellingham Denture Clinic as the provider for use at our offices: www.healthcard.citicards.com.
The best way to find out if your insurance covers a specific treatment, is to bring in your insurance card and any relevant information (ie: employer, subscriber ID number, subscriber name, etc.) so that we can submit a preauthorization to find out what your insurer will cover. The insurer is allowed up to 30 days to respond to a preauthorization request. Once we hear from your insurer, we will call you to let you know.
Because we make precision dentures and do all the work at our in-house laboratory, our process is quite elaborative. For a full set of new dentures, there are at least 6 appointments and quite possibly more. The total time from start to finish can be anywhere from 6-8 weeks, depending on how busy our schedule is, the patient's schedule, and how many appointments it takes to create the dentures.
We have 6 stages to create a new set of full dentures:
- Preliminary Impressions
- Final Impressions
- Bite Appointment or Intra-Occlusal Tracing
- Wax Try-In and possibly additional Re-Try Appointments, as needed
- Post Insertion Check
There are different steps for different treatments, and like our patients, not all treatments are the same.
BPS stands for Biofunctional Prosthetic System and is a product of Ivoclar. There are two main differences between Ivoclar Precision and BPS: With BPS we use the finest quality teeth and a Gnathometer to measure the bite. This is an intra-occlusal tracing device used to establish the proper vertical dimension for your new dentures to be built on. The Facebow/Transferbow bite registration used in conjunction with the Gnathometer registers and analyzes the correct height of the bite and reproduces the jaw movements. This data is then transferred to the Stratos 200 Articulator which replicates the movement of your jaw and creates your smile line. Premium Ivoclar and Candulor denture teeth are manufactured in a way that they reflect light through several layers that mimic natural teeth. These are superior teeth that are imported from Germany and resist wear, chipping and staining and preserve the natural shape of the teeth so that proper cutting and chewing of desired foods can be maintained...
We make precision dentures where we start from scratch and take impressions of your oral structures as they are now and create a new denture from those impressions. This allows us to restore your correct bite, fix poor esthetics, and leave you with a high-quality, custom-made, well-fitting denture. The patient works one-on-one with the denturist who actually creates the denture, and we have quality control through our in-house lab.
The main benefit from seeing a Denturist instead of a Dentist for dentures is that when you see the Denturist, he is the one making the denture, so as the patient, you get to work one-on-one with the person who is actually creating the denture. This personal touch allows you to get a more satisfactory result with the bite, esthetics, and fit of the denture.
There are obvious reasons for denture replacement - dentures that are ill-fitting, worn, clicking, using paste to hold them in place, etc. However, other reasons aren't quite as obvious or noticeable. When a set of dentures is old and worn, it results in "over-closure" - closing down too far with your bite. The appearance is very flat and the facial structures tend to lose their shape, resulting in a person's face appearing shorter and more "crunched down." After replacing old, worn dentures as mentioned above, the bite will be restored to the correct function and height, making overall facial structure taller and more supportive - getting rid of the "crunched down" look.
The other critical reason for replacing your ill-fitting denture is that when you are closing down too far, you are putting unnecessary pressure on the supporting bone. This causes accelerated bone loss which makes it difficult to adjust to a new set of dentures. As a denture wearer you will have the most success when you have good supporting bone.
An Annual Exam is important. At your complimentary visit, we check for changes in oral tissue, denture wear, TMJ Syndrome, update medical history, and clean and polish the denture(s).
Dentures should be relined/refit every 2-3 years. It is always best to schedule a No-Charge Consultation to determine the best course of action when dentures are ill-fitting or loose.
Dentures should be replaced every 5-8 years or when they are ill-fitting, worn, clicking, and/or you are using paste to hold them in place. The best way to determine if you need new dentures, is to schedule an appointment for a No-Charge Consultation where the Denturist can evaluate and assess your unique situation.
|Bellingham Office:||Monday||8:30am - 4:30pm|
|Tuesday||8:30am - 12:00pm|
|Wednesday||8:30am - 4:30pm|
|Thursday||8:30am - 4:30pm|
|Lynden Office:||Tuesday||1:00pm - 4:30pm|
|(360) 318-0880||Friday||8:30am - 4:30pm|
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When you refer a new patient to our office, and he/she begins treatment with us, as a show of appreciation, you will receive a $25 gift card to your choice of one of the following establishments:
- Anthony's Restaurant
- Cruisin' Coffee
- Fred Meyer
- Hardware Sales
- The Markets (including Food Pavillion, Cost Cutter & Red Apple)
The new patient just needs to give us your name as the person who referred him/her, and we will contact you via phone to get your choice of gift card and then mail it to you.