Affordable Dentures Informative - Here's The Rub About "Affordable Dentures"
I have been periodically checking into this forum to see what sort of feedback people are relaying about the concept of one-day "affordable" dentures, and the service they receive from such a practice.
From what I have read, it's not at all good.
First of all let me tell you about what qualifies me as one who can advise about said topic.
I am a registered denturist in Canada, and have been authorized to do so by the College of Denturists in my province.
I have been in private practice for just over fifteen years, and I have other members of my immediate family in this same trade.
Here in Canada, and in some American states Denturists are a "direct to the public" resource for people who need our services.
We specialize in the fabricating and maintenance of denture prosthesis for the general public.
In other words, no dentist referral is needed.
You can walk in right off the street into a denturist practice/lab and have one made from start to finish with additional adjustments included after the service. You work with the builder of your new dentures directly.
In most Dentist's offices, if a Dentist is to make you a set of dentures, he would have to take the impressions and send them to a dental lab who in turn would have to make the dentures without seeing the person who was to wear them. Not very personalized an experience is it? You can see how making dentures in this way leads to a LOT of issues.
Don't get me wrong, there are a LOT of really fantastic dentists out there who are very skilled and well trained at what they do. However the art of making a set of "good" dentures requires a SEPARATE set of technical knowledge from that of the Dentist.
A dentist is still a VERY important part of your denture treatment, the extraction of any teeth and the care and management of your remaining teeth/supporting tissues still require the skill of a good dentist.
Here in Canada Denturists consider your treatment a "team effort" involving our skills and the Dentist's.
When making a personalized set of dentures, there are NO shortcuts. Proper construction means taking the time to do it right in every step.
INCLUDING the processing of the denture itself.
A proper curing time for a heat cured denture is approximately 4 to 9 hours. From what I have read, these "quickie" labs use what is called a Pour n' cure type resin. It's a cheaper, softer, more porous resin which is weaker and isn't nearly as good as the heat cure resin.
Furthermore, the most important part of your treatment is the period AFTER you get your dentures. Adjustments are always needed, and in most denturist practices are included in your treatment.
Just remember that you really do get what you pay for. There are no "quick" fixes, and there are no shortcuts.