All your questions answered: dentures
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable false teeth. As opposed to dental implants, getting dentures does not require dental surgery and is completely painless. Dentures help people missing one or more teeth to enjoy a healthy diet and to smile with confidence. Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal. A full set of dentures, also called complete set of dentures, replace all teeth in either upper or lower jaw, or both. Denture can be used to replace only one or a couple missing teeth as well, and in most circumstances that is done by the use of a bridge (connecting the space between the two teeth). The bridge is then fastened to your natural teeth and onto this bridge the denture is fixed. This is called a partial denture. Here at our dental practice in Inverurie we provide both types of dentures and they are available under the NHS.
How much dentures cost?
Under the NHS a full set of dentures (substituting both the lower and upper teeth) cost approximately £146. Dentures substituting either the lower or the upper teeth cost about £91. Partial dentures, which substitute one or more missing teeth, range between £57 and £90. Consultation appointments are free. Call our Inverurie dental practice on 01467 629 909 to arrange your appointment.
What is the procedure?
Before we can start the procedure we need to get a prior approval for the treatment from the NHS. For this, your dentist needs to fill in a form and state a reason for your need of dentures. Once this is approved you have your first appointment. This normally takes about 2 to 4 weeks. We will contact you once the treatment approval is back with us. During your first appointment your dentist will take measurements and impressions of your mouth which we then send off to the dental lab. Once we receive them back at our dental practice we get in touch with you to arrange an appointment for you to come in and try the trial dentures. The trial dentures serve for the dentist to see if they fit in your mouth, if the colour matches, etc. If they suit you they will be sent off to the lab again and the final dentures will be created. Again, we will contact you to come in to pick up your dentures. And you are ready to smile with confidence!
It will take a day or two to get use to your new dentures, but once you do, they’ll become almost like your own teeth. We will not ask you to pay for your dentures until you are happy with them. At the initial stage, we will adjust it for you free of charge until you are comfortable with the dentures.
Even with a full set of dentures it is essential that you take good care of your oral health and gums and you attend your check-ups every six months. This is important to maintain good oral health and for oral cancer prevention.
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Inverurie Smile Care - NHS Dental Practice is open 8AM to 8PM to suit the lifestyle of even our busiest patients. With free parking behind our dental practice, free Wi-Fi in the patient waiting area, text message reminders for your dental appointments, friendly and professional dentists and staff, we thrive to provide the very best care and comfort for our patients. Contact us today.