Q. What services does your office provide?
A. We offer a wide range of services from dental teeth cleaning to fillings, crowns, tooth extraction (including emergency tooth extraction) and full dentures.
Q. How much is this going to cost?
A. Each one of our patients is different, so the cost would be different as well. When you call our office we will be happy to let you know what our prices are but as for the exact amount, that would need to be determined after the dentist has done an exam and x-rays.
Q. Why do I have to take antibiotics before my dental appointment?
A. Certain medical conditions require the patient to take antibiotics prior to their dental appointment to prevent infection caused by bacteria entering the bloodstream.
Q. Why do I need dental x-rays?
A. There are many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues that cannot be seen by the dentist during the visual examination, such as abscesses, tumors, infection in the bone and decay.
Q. Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau?
A. Yes, our office has been a member since January 1985 with an A+ rating. Something we are proud of.
Q. What are your hours?
A. Our office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Q. What dental insurance plans do you take?
A. Our doctors are PPO providers for a lot of different insurance companies. These are just a few: Delta, MetLife, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Assurant, Coventry and Humana. We also accept most union laborers insurance along with several discount plans.
Q. Will my insurance cover my treatment?
A. Each policy is different. There should be a phone number on your insurance card so that you can contact them. You might also be able to check coverage on line.
Q. What can I do about sensitive teeth?
A. Sensitivity toothpaste is a great way to start. Avoid highly acidic foods such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons. If after a few weeks you do not notice any decrease in sensitivity, see your dentist.
Q. When do I start bring my children to see the dentist?
A. Start as early as possible. Sometimes starting as early as 6 months, depending on how their teeth are erupting. Children between the ages of 1 year and 3 years should be seen by a family dentist who specializes in children. Our office begins seeing children at the age of 3 years.
Q. When will I get my dentures?
A. We have our own dental lab on premise. With an early morning appointment, we do everything possible to ensure you have your new smile that afternoon (same-day dentures).
Q. Can I be put to sleep for the removal of my teeth and placement of one-day dentures?
A. We do not believe that being “put to sleep” is a good way of inserting same-day dentures, but caring for you is one of our greatest concerns. During surgery, the dentist pulling teeth will gently numb your mouth with a local anesthetic, for your comfort.
Q. How Long can I have my dentures?
A. Dentures typically last anywhere from 5-10 years. Even though your teeth are gone, your mouth and gums will continue to change shape for the rest of your life. Because dentures are artificial, they will not change with the shape of your mouth, and you will need to have them replaced or adjusted. Also, make sure you see your dentist annually, to avoid any major problems you cannot identify yourself.
Q. Will Dentures make me look different?
A. Each set of dentures is personalized to your gums, lips, tongue...your whole mouth. Additionally, before you're given your permanent dentures, molds are made in wax for you to try them on and see how they look. The only difference in appearance you might have is the absence of decaying teeth, and the appearance of a healthy, beautiful looking smile.
Q. Will dentures affect the way I speak?
A. Getting dentures for the first time is a big adjustment. There are many things you are going to have to practice, and speaking is one of those. You may experience some lisping at first, but it shouldn't take long to re-reach your tongue and lips where they go to regain your orginal speech patterns.
Q. Will dentures affect the way I eat?
A. Yes, you may have some difficulty at first. Because your natural teeth are rooted deep in your mouth, you tear your food away from it's source. Picture biting into a piece of fruit. Normally, you would tear the piece you want to eat right away from the rest of the fruit. With dentures, you will learn how to bite into the food, and not pull your head away until it is already in your mouth. A small adjustment, but it will take some practice.
Q. How do I clean my dentures?
A. Just like your teeth we recommend brushing your dentures after every meal. Since this is not alwasy a practical option, you should clean them as soon after eatting as possible. Take your dentures out and hold in the palm of your hand. Place a town down on your counter, or fill the sink full of water. This way if you drop them they may not break. Using a denture brush and denture cleaner, brush thoroughly, the outside and insde of your denture. Please avoid using bleaching agents, as they will discolor the pink acrylic.
Q. Should my dentures come out at night?
A. More than likely. Each person is different and you should check with the dentist to make sure. After cleaning your dentures place them in a denture cup with a lid in cool water and away from heat.
For more than 40 years of exceptional dental care, including emergency dentistry, call Wright Dentures & Dental Care at 816.461.2916 or 800.8.DENTURE (800.833.6887) or use our Online Request an Appointment form. We gladly accept patients from Lee's Summit, Independence, Raytown, Bue Springs, Kansas City (Jackson County, MO) and Johnson County, KS.