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The cost of dental treatment is a concern that prevents many patients from receiving the care they want and need. If you are missing teeth, dentures can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease. There are several measures you can take to ensure you receive the most affordable dentures possible. Being honest with your care provider during your initial consultation and practicing good at-home care can help you reduce the initial cost of your dentures and keep them functional for years to come. 

Your Initial Consultation

When you visit the dentist to discuss your options, be honest about your budget and goals. Your dentist may be able to make recommendations based on your financial needs and adjust your treatment plan to cut costs wherever possible. While some patients prefer to try on a wax-up or model of their dentures before treatment, you can choose to forego a wax-up and save money. Some dental labs can deliver dentures more quickly, but that requires a larger expense. If you are trying to save money, you might choose to have your dentures delivered at a standard rate. Talk to your dentist about other factors that can affect the overall cost of your treatment.

If you are on a budget, conventional acrylic dentures may be a better option for you.

Choosing Cost-Effective Materials

The quality of materials will greatly influence the cost of your dentures. High-quality dentures are made using plastic and zirconia, which closely mirrors the look, feel, and translucency of natural teeth. It is also extremely durable. However, you can choose to have your dentures crafted out of plastic and acrylic. Acrylic teeth are typically a more affordable option and also offer a variety of benefits for patients.

In addition to choosing acrylic over zirconia, you can also ask your dentist to use a standard plastic base for your dentures. This plastic base will closely mirror the smoothness and color of your gums, but will not be customized for a more natural look. Although implant-supported dentures offer superior stability, security, and aesthetics, they can be very expensive. Oral surgery, sedation, and dentist's fees can significantly increase the overall treatment cost. As dental implants are considered an elective treatment, they are typically not covered by your insurance. If you are on a budget, conventional dentures may be a better option for you.

John F. Rink DDS, AAACD

Financing Your Dentures

If your dentures are deemed medically necessary, they may be fully or partially covered by your insurance company or Medicare. If you do not have dental insurance, your dentist may work with third-party lenders to offer flexible financing options.

Making Your Dentures Last

Your set of dentures can last up to a decade with proper care and frequent visits to your dentist. Be sure to follow the cleaning instructions provided by your dentist, and protect your dentures from damage by practicing extreme care. Once you make your initial dentures purchase, any maintenance, care, and repairs are fairly inexpensive. However, irreparably damaging your dentures may require costly replacement and should be avoided.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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