” I called this practice on a Saturday as I had so much pain. I was able to see them immediately and they helped me with the pain. The rest of the treatment was completed the following week. I’m so happy that I ended up at this practice.”
Choose for a beautiful smile
Teeth form an important part of your overall appearance. False teeth can, therefore, be seen as a major change in how a person is viewed. Lassus Tandartsen has specialized in the development of dentures for quite some time. Our certified personnel will ensure that you receive high-quality prosthetic teeth designed to have a natural and impressive appearance.
Dentures: The Treatment
First appointment: Take an impression
At the first appointment, a preliminary impression is taken of your mouth using a stock tray that is filled with alginate, a sort of liquid rubber. The preliminary impression is sent to our dental laboratory where it is filled with gypsum. A preliminary cast and a custom tray are created that will be used for a precise-impression that is required for your dentures.
Second appointment: prosthesis design
At the second appointment, the custom tray is used to make the individual impression from which the dentures will be made. This way we can be sure that the edges and boundaries of the dentures won’t cause problems. The custom tray contains a hard layer that will record the muscle attachments. With a liquid silicon material, we’ll use the custom tray to make the precise and definitive impression. The most used mouth movements will be simulated so that we’ll know which final design your prosthesis will require.
Third Appointment: Measurements, sizing and bite determination
The third appointment focuses on the measurement and bite determination. With help from the new impression model, the positions and sizes of the teeth are measured. We also register the distance and position between the lower and upper jaw and can decide where your teeth will be placed. This appointment can also be used to discuss the shape and color of the teeth that will be used in the dentures.
Fourth and fifth appointment: Fitting and testing the prosthesis and placing the definitive prosthesis
By the fourth appointment, the dentures are almost ready. The purpose of the fourth appointment is to test the prosthesis to make sure that it fits properly and that the aesthetics meet your expectations based on the choices you made during the third appointment. If any adjustments are required these will be sent to the dental lab technician who will take these into account and will make your new dentures with the help of artificial materials. By the fifth appointment, you’ll receive your new definitive and final prosthesis to take home.
Due to the fact that our dentists take a jaw impression before any extractions occur, your dentures will look like your old teeth. If you’re not satisfied with the status, color or form of your original teeth, then it’s possible to discuss this with our dentists. They’ll take this into account as much as possible when developing your dentures.
For a mouth prosthesis, it’s not always necessary to extract all teeth. If you still have lots of healthy teeth, you can opt for a combined prosthesis. With a complete prosthesis, over the lower and upper jaw, all remaining teeth need to be extracted. The Dentist extracts first the molars and then some weeks later the remaining teeth. During this period, you should only eat soft and liquidized food. The extraction of the teeth and molars is usually painless due to it being carried out under local anaesthetic.
During the first week, you’ll have to get used to your new dentures. The first few days wearing them can feel somewhat painful. The space between your jaw and the dentures is initially quite small. If this results in painful pressure points then we’ll make sure that this will be corrected. To do so simply contact one of our practices in Amsterdam for an appointment.
Lassus Tandartsen advises clients to make as much use as possible of the dentures. This way possible painful areas can be detected as soon as possible and corrected. As dentures are carefully and exactly developed to match the shape of your mouth, it’s important that you don’t make any changes to them yourself.
During the first days after the placing of the dentures speaking may feel somewhat uncomfortable. This is because your jaws have to adjust to the form of the dentures. After a week you should notice that speaking and articulation steadily improves. After some time you’ll be completely used to your new teeth and speaking and eating will no longer be a problem at all.
The most common reason for dentures no longer fitting properly is a process called bone resorption, where the gums begin to shrink due to them no longer needing to hold your teeth in place. As your dentures can’t shrink in line with your gums, this can lead to them becoming loose. That can become painful as in certain places more pressure is applied than before. The specialists at Lassus Tandartsen can, in this case, fit a special layer that will ensure that the dentures sit comfortably again and are no longer loose.
Dentures are extremely vulnerable objects. Teeth can break off and it’s also possible that your dentures can break or rip. Therefore, we advise you to always be very careful with your dentures, particularly during the cleaning process. Leave for example a hand towel in the wash basin, or run a small layer of water before you begin cleaning. This way you can avoid damaging your dentures if they accidentally fall into the wash basin.
Your dentures are not immune to bacteria, plaque, and stains. For that reason, you should rinse your mouth out well and clean your dentures with a hard brush, after every meal as well as after coffee, tea, cigarettes, and wine. Avoid the use of aggressive cleaning products such as toothpaste, bleach, and effervescent tablets, these can be damaging for your dentures. In addition to this, we strongly advise you not to use warm or hot water to clean your dentures. It is possible to use soap or a special liquefied cleaning material for your dentures. At night you should remove your dentures and place them in a container of cold water. For good results, you can use cleaning vinegar. Use a soft bristled brush to clean your jaws, tongue, and mouth. This can prevent infections. For this, you can use lukewarm water or toothpaste.
The cost of dentures
Would you like to know how much dentures cost? Here is an overview of the prices from our treatment, design, placing, and support of your dentures.
|P21*||Complete dentures upper jaw||171,94|
|P25*||Complete dentures lower jaw||229,25|
|P30*||Complete dentures upper and lower jaw||372,53|
|P36||Individual impressions without rim construction||28,66|
|P14||Individual impressions with rim construction||63,04|
* Excluding technical costs
Reimbursement from your health insurer
There are health insurance companies that will reimburse the entire cost of dentures. Every five years you have the right of reimbursement of 75% of the costs from the basic health insurance which is mandatory for all residents of the Netherlands. It’s important to know that the extraction of teeth and molars are not always covered by health insurance. For more information please contact your health insurer.