Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dental prosthetist?

A dental prosthetist is an oral-care professional who has completed extensive training to become firstly a dental technician and, following further training and study, qualifies for registration with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Why see a dental prosthetist?

Dental prosthetists are qualified and skilled members of Australia’s oral-care team. Formally trained and accredited by AHPRA, dental prosthetists are qualified to deal directly with patients to create, mould and fit dentures.

Do I need a referral?

No! You can call Denture Co direct for an initial, no-obligation and cost-free consultation. At this appointment, the dental prosthetists at Denture Co will discuss the concerns you have with your existing dentures, assess the health of your mouth and teeth and talk you through the options available to you. It is at this appointment that the initial impressions may be taken.

Will dealing directly with a dental prosthetist save me time and money?

Yes! When you choose to consult directly with a suitably qualified and accredited dental prosthetist practice like Denture Co, you are being assisted by a practitioner who, besides personally creating and fitting your dentures, may well have been appointed by your dentist to do so.

Can I claim the cost from my health fund?

Yes! dental prosthetists are registered health care providers and as such are acknowledged as providers of denture services by most health funds in Australia. You can claim a rebate for most services of a Dental Prosthetist. With Denture Co being a member of the HiCaps payment solution, patients process their claims automatically on the spot. The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) will fund all dental services provided under DVA arrangements, necessary to meet a clinical need for Gold Card holders. Denture Co is a registered provider of prosthetic services to the DVA. SA Dental Service pensioner dental scheme patients accepted.

How long will my dentures last?

Quality, professionally manufactured dentures will usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 2 to 3 years. Over time of course, dentures will become worn and don’t fit as well so it’s important to reline them regularly.

How much do dentures cost?

There are many different types of dentures and the cost will depend on the type that you require. With more and more denture clinics opening, many offer ‘deals’ and price reductions. Remember, selecting a denture provider based on price alone may not allow you the opportunity to discover just how comfortable and seamlessly matched a denture can be. At your initial consultation, we will assess your needs and discuss your concerns in depth. Then, we’ll discuss costs before commencing any treatment.

How will I adjust to wearing a denture?

As you would expect, it will take you a little time for your gums and dentures to properly adapt. Whilst it is quite normal for you to experience some initial discomfort, this will generally settle down and become more comfortable after a week or so as your new dentures ‘settle-in’.

Will dentures change the way I speak?

You may experience some initial difficulty saying certain words but with practice and time your speech return to normal. It is recommended that patients spend some time practicing hard-to-say words.