Your different experience begins the moment you enter the practice. At best, for your cheap denture fitting, you can expect rushed courtesies. Other times, your denture dentist may look at you as if you’re a burden. Denture dentists who do cheap dentures are often not happy with it. It’s something they do for purely financial reasons, and it’s not that well compensated. So their goal is to get you in and out quickly. They don’t expect you to become a regular patient–and probably don’t want you to.
A FOY® Dentures dentist, on the other hand, has sought out this denture technique because it makes their dentures fit in with the rest of their practice in terms of delivering excellent, customized results. They want to get to know you, and will take the time to do so. They want to know what you want from your dentures.
Your fitting for cheap dentures will be cursory. You’ll be measured and the denture that “fits” your mouth will be taken from the lineup. We put “fits” in quotation marks because with a lineup of dentures that contains anywhere from three to eight premade sizes, it’s quite likely that none of them really fits your mouth in the literal sense of the word. These dentures will be filled with impression compound, then pressed into your gums.
Primarily, the concern is fitting your dentures to your gums. Other aspects of your bite system are taken into account–if at all–using quick guides and rules of thumb that may or may not be right for your bite.
FOY® Dentures on the other hand, are fitted carefully, taking the time to account for the individualized aspects of your bite. Measurements of your current bite are taken carefully, and your current denture is analyzed for its role in contributing to any bite problems. Your entire first visit is dedicated to measuring your mouth and your bite.
The fitting occurs at the second visit, a comprehensive try-in that allows your denture dentist to account for any irregularities or problems in the measurement process. Your dentures are fitted completely with a wax try-in before they are finalized. This means that when the final dentures arrive, they are more likely to fit properly.
When you show up to get adjustments for your cheap dentures, any courtesy you were shown at your first visit is likely gone, along with adherence to basic customer service principles. Now the cheap denture dentist sees each additional visit not as the return of a friend or even a patient, but as a sap on the already thin profit margin that comes with cheap dentures. They may also be anxious because their cheap denture training didn’t give them the tools to properly adjust your dentures. Cheap dentures are more likely to need adjustments, but the dentists that provide them are often not willing or even able to perform adjustments. The news is littered with stories of people who have been “cut off” by their denture dentist, who just refuses to see them anymore.
On the other hand, your FOY® Dentures dentist will be happy to see you. They don’t mind performing adjustments to make sure that you are happy and comfortable in your dentures–that’s their goal. Ironically, because of the precise nature of fitting your dentures in the first place, you’re less likely to need follow-up visits.
Because your cheap dentures are likely not properly fitted, they won’t last as long as you would like. Dentures don’t “wear in” the way you might expect with something like a pair of shoes. Instead, they wear out at the same time as they create pathological bone loss, resulting in the loss of fit. People who buy cheap dentures often have a drawer full of old dentures as they go through them quickly.
On the other hand, your high-end dentures are designed to last. They are designed to reduce pressure points that can accelerate bone loss, or, if you have implant dentures, to retain your jaw bone. With non-implant dentures, you will still need to get refits as your body loses bone, but they shouldn’t be as frequent or as drastic, which means that you can keep your denture for longer.
If you want to learn more about the difference between cheap dentures and high-end dentures, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist for an appointment today.