Removable Dentures
  • I understand many appointments will be required to fabricate my dentures. If there have been recent tooth extractions, I understand that denture fabrication cannot begin until adequate healing time has passed. Additional appointments may be required for denture relines or remakes.
  • Possible Delays: I am aware that there may be delays in the fabrication and delivery of my dentures due to:
  • The need for additional surgeries (i.e., alveoplasty and tuberosity procedures) which will require additional healing time.
  • The need for additional healing time due to my own individual healing response
  • Holidays and academic breaks
  • Scheduling conflicts in obtaining a prosthodontics screening and other appointments
Patient Expectations for Dentures:

  • While we promise to do the best job we can for the oral condition that exists in my mouth, I understand that there is no guarantee that a patient will be able to successfully and comfortably wear a well constructed denture.
  • I have been told that dentures should not be considered a replacement for teeth, but a replacement for no teeth. I am aware that dentures are not real teeth.
  • I am also aware that at best, I will end up with about 30% efficiency as compared to my natural teeth. I understand that after adjustments are completed I should return to the dental office for a yearly recall visit (there may be a separate cost).
  • I understand the need for multiple visits for adjustments for the first several months of wearing dentures. A cost may accrue for routine maintenance and adjustments.
Risks include but are not limited to the following:

The difficulties and problems associated with wearing dentures have been presented to me, along with my treatment plan. These issues include but are not limited to:

  • Difficulties with speaking and/or eating
  • Food under dentures
  • Functional problems - Loose dentures
  • Lack of retention - Need for adhesives
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Saliva production: Certain medications may decrease the amount of saliva produced resulting in an increase in sore spots and more difficulties adapting to the dentures. Some denture patients may experience an excessive amount of saliva initially but this usually returns to normal.
  • Effect(s) of poor ridge shape and form
  • The need for future relines and remakes of either immediate or conventional dentures
Immediate Dentures

I understand that Immediate Denture procedures involve insertion of a denture on the same day as the remaining front teeth are extracted. Fabrication of Conventional Dentures is usually delayed MANY weeks after removal of all remaining teeth. I also understand that:

  • Immediate dentures are transitional dentures and must be relined or remade, usually within a few months following insertion.
  • Fees for required laboratory relines or remakes of immediate dentures are MAY BE NOT INCLUDED in the immediate denture fee.
  • Minor adjustments and temporary (tissues conditioning) relines may be required with immediate dentures. Fa
  • brication of Conventional Dentures (in lieu of Immediate Denture fabrication) usually is delayed at least many weeks after removal of all remaining teeth. I understand that their are advantages of delayed denture (conventional) fabrication including, but not limited to:
  1. Relines or remakes may not be required as soon as with immediate dentures
  2. There are generally fewer adjustments as compared to immediate dentures

Denture Relines and Remakes:

I understand that:

  • Dentures made after tooth removal may need to be relined or remade before due to continued bone resorption (shrinkage) of the ridges.
  • There may be a charge for any laboratory relines or remakes determined necessary due to continued ridge resorption (shrinkage) or bone loss following delayed construction of dentures.
Benefits of Longer Healing Time for Denture Wearers:

A longer healing time after tooth extraction and before denture fabrication is started (longer than 8 weeks) is preferable. I understand that:

  • The average denture usually requires a laboratory reline or remake at least once every few years due to functional wear and/or continued bone resorption.
  • I may be charged for a reline or denture remake when it is required due to the continued physiologic bone resorption of the ridge
  • I have been informed that this bone resorption will continue throughout my lifetime making subsequent denture construction more difficult, less satisfying and less comfortable for me than my previous denture experience.
Patient Consent

I have been fully informed of the fees and problems associated with complete dentures, the alternative treatments available, and the necessity for follow-up care. I have had an opportunity to ask any questions I may have in connection with the treatment and fees and to discuss my concerns with my dentist. After thorough consideration, I consent to complete dentures as presented to me during consultation and in the treatment plan presentation.