Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Affordable Dentures

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. 

Opt for Traditional, Not Implant-Supported

traditional dentures
If you are worried about cost, traditional dentures are a more affordable option.

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. 

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. 

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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