Frequently Asked Questions

How much do dentures cost?
This is the one of the most common questions asked over the phone prior to the appointment. Even though our office managers have good general knowledge regarding various types of dentures, they cannot give you an accurate answer over the phone without proper assessment by a denturist. There are various types of dentures that we offer ranging from $520 and up to $25,000. It is not possible to judge the situation in your mouth over the phone, that is why we offer complimentary consultations where our denturists will discuss your needs, assess your mouth and based on these findings and your desires will be able to present treatment options for you.
Will my dental insurance cover the cost of my dentures?
After the oral assessment and upon your decision on what type of denture you will need, we will send out insurance estimates to see what your dental benefits (should you have any) could assist you to cover the cost of the treatment. If you have denture coverage under your benefit plan, denture repairs and relines are typically covered at approximately 60-90%. New or replacement dentures are covered at 50-70% of the basic denture cost. Should your insurance pay only for the basic denture treatment, you could always apply this amount towards a better treatment option.
How often should dentures be replaced?
A denture relining is recommended every two to three years to help restore the fit. It is recommended to replace dentures every five to eight years. An annual appointment with your denturist at Apple Denture & Implant Solutions will help ensure that you are aware of the condition of your dentures and avoid potential problems.

During the first two to three years your dentures will have the best fit, function and appearance. After this time all dentures can begin to feel loose due to normal shrinkage of bone and gums associated with tooth loss. This is natural and there is nothing that we can do to prevent it. Your bite is also a factor affecting the “life” of your dentures. Dentures that have worn down will inevitably cause sore jaw muscles and possible headaches. Denture teeth that are worn down can put stress on your dentures and cause them to break.

Why does my lower denture fit looser than my upper one?
The anatomy of the upper and lower jaws is different. The upper denture usually fits against the roof of the mouth by suction created by the borders/edges of the denture. There are no active muscles in the upper jaw.

The lower jaw is a different story. The area where the lower denture rests is approximately 1/3 of the upper one. There are plenty of active muscles such as your tongue, floor of the mouth and muscles of facial expression that are constantly in action. These muscles always try to move the denture out of its resting position.

We offer Suction Lower dentures (SEMCD) that utilize those moving muscles to work in favour of the lower denture to make it as stable as your mouth permits. Call us now to schedule a complimentary consultation to review if SEMCD is the best option for you. 80% of patients are candidates for Suction dentures. READ MORE

Why do I need a lower denture? I have been missing my lower posterior teeth for a long time.
Normally our jaws have 14 teeth in each, making it 28 teeth in total. Some people have wisdom teeth that are considered extras. They all serve certain function – Anterior (front) teeth are thin and pointed and are designed to cut into foods and help tear meats or bread, for example. Posterior (back) teeth are bulky and wide and are designed to mash and grind the food. Without the back teeth all of the chewing force shifts to the front teeth and people lose them quicker. Having your missing upper and lower teeth replaced is necessary to restore chewing function to prevent digestion problems as well as the loss of other teeth in your mouth.
I need both upper and lower dentures made. Can I make one denture now and another one later?
Short answer is NO. Think of that as getting a new pair of shoes: you don’t get just the right shoe when both of them are worn through. In order for your mouth to be balanced, it is necessary to have matching teeth in both upper and lower jaws. That is why it is necessary to have both dentures made at the same time so they will be working together to restore your smile, comfort and your ability to chew the foods you love, giving you a better quality of life.
What happens at my first appointment?

Filling out forms

At your first appointment you will be greeted by our lovely front desk staff. Then you will need to fill out an office form. If you are a new patient, please arrive 10-15 minutes earlier to complete the paperwork. You can also download “New Patient Form” from our website. Please print it and fill in the necessary information. Should you need any help in filling out the form, please bring it with you and one of our staff members will be glad to help you.

  • Meeting your denturist

    After the paperwork is complete, you will see the denturist. We will go over the medical history, your current oral conditions, needs and concerns. According to the intra-oral findings and condition of your current dentures (if you have any) we will present treatment options that are available and will recommend the best one for your specific condition.

  • Answering your questions

    Usually our patients have an array of questions and we will definitely answer all of them because we believe that every person needs to be informed about their oral conditions and provided with the best treatment possible. We will also send out insurance estimates to see what your dental benefits (if you have any) could assist you to cover the cost of the treatment.

  • Starting the treatment

    In the majority of cases there is no need to make a separate appointment to start the treatment. We usually reserve the time to take preliminary measurements of your mouth either for treatment planning or for the treatment itself. This procedure cuts down the number of appointments and allows you to get to your desired result quicker.
    (For a full breakdown of the procedures, please read the “How long will it take to make my new dentures?” – next section.)

How long will it take to make my new dentures?
To fabricate your custom dentures several steps are required. It is generally four to six appointments over the span of 3-4 weeks.

STEP 1 “Preliminary Impressions”: we will take generalized moulds of your mouth and prepare customized measuring devices.

STEP 2: “Final Impressions”: we will use those customized measuring devices to record your muscle and jaw movements along with high-precision impressions of your gums to make sure the denture will fit comfortably. At this appointment, together with you, we will also be choosing the tooth shade or color that most closely matches your natural teeth.

STEP 3: “Try In”: you will try your denture (in wax) and see how your future smile will look. At this appointment we will also be checking the alignment of the teeth, colour, function, bite and speech. Upon your approval, we will move to the last step, “The Finish”.

STEP 4: “The Finish!”: your new dentures have been fabricated from the wax sample you tried at the last visit and are now ready for you to take home. A few days after insertion you will come back to the clinic for a Post-Insertion appointment. This appointment is to double check that your new dentures are perfect for you. We will make any final adjustments if necessary.

At Apple Denture & Implant Solutions, we always want to make sure you have a positive experience. We want to provide custom dentures that will make you feel comfortable and confident and will keep you smiling!

What are the differences between Precision and Standard dentures?
The materials that dentures are fabricated with differ widely in quality and composition. Artificial teeth, “dentures” are made in a wide variety of shapes, shades and with varying degrees of hardness and esthetic appearance.

Our Precision dentures are made with the highest quality materials available today using supplementary techniques that are not normally included in the making of “Standard” dentures. All Precision dentures appear more natural and fit more comfortably.
Standard dentures are fabricated by using “basic” tooth shapes, shades and materials and thus are less expensive. The Standard dentures may wear down faster and will need to be replaced more often than Precision dentures, making them a less economical option in the long run.

Whichever treatment you decide to use, at Apple Denture & Implant Solutions we are committed to providing our clients with the best possible fit, function and appearance. READ MORE

What is the difference between Full and Partial dentures?
Full dentures are needed for people who are missing all of their natural teeth — upper, lower or both. Custom-fabricated dentures from Apple Denture & Implant Solutions will allow you to enjoy the foods you love as well as restore your natural smile and your self-confidence.

If you have some teeth remaining, Partial dentures can be crafted to replace the missing teeth. These are for people who only need to replace some of their missing teeth. Custom dentures greatly improve your chewing and speaking ability while restoring your natural appearance.

What are SEMCD or Suction dentures? Am I a candidate?
Suction Lower dentures are known as SEMCD, Suction Effective Mandibular Complete Dentures. They are a type of a Complete Lower denture (replacing all missing teeth in the lower jaw) that is made utilizing unique Japanese techniques. It uses the remaining bone to support the denture and it uses the surrounding soft tissues in the mouth to make it stable, preventing it from moving in the mouth. This type of denture minimizes and sometimes completely eliminates the use of denture adhesives (denture glue) and can even be an alternative to dental implants. READ MORE

80% of people are candidates for this procedure. We need to perform a thorough oral assessment to give you the exact answer. Book a complimentary consultation with us to determine if you are a candidate for Suction dentures! CALL TODAY

How do I keep my dentures clean?
You can help prevent plaque and tartar build-up, food stains, bad breath, mouth infections and redness or irritation to your gums by cleaning your dentures and mouth daily.

Remove your dentures and brush them right after each meal, then rinse them with water. Always use a denture brush (can be purchased at any drug store or we offer complementary brushes in our clinics) and liquid dish or hand soap. NEVER use toothpaste as it is abrasive and will cause scratching of the denture materials. Be sure to use a separate toothbrush and regular toothpaste to clean any natural teeth, tongue and gum surfaces. Overnight, take your dentures out and immerse them in a denture bath filled with denture cleaner.

NEVER use bleach to clean or soak your dentures! This can weaken the structure of the dentures and discolor the acrylic surface. Always read the instructions for the denture cleaner you’re using and be sure you have the right type for your dentures. We also sell professional cleaning solutions at our clinic that are not available in stores to get rid of any tough stains.

Is it painful to get dental implants to secure my dentures?
Short answer is NO. Getting dental implants is a minor surgery (done by your dentist) that is usually done under local freezing. When your gums get numb, you will not feel any discomfort or pain. Our bone does not have any nerve endings so getting a dental implant is less painful than getting a tooth extracted. In cases of anxiety, the surgeon may prescribe some medication that will help you relax. In some cases when the full mouth reconstruction is performed, a general chairside anesthesia might be administered by a licensed anesthesiologist. Once the surgery is complete and implants are integrated, we will fabricate the final denture for you! READ MORE

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