I’m in my 30s and need to replace my teeth. It’s due to a severe accident that damaged my mouth. I’ve had my jaw completely reconstructed which has left me without much money. I need to replace the teeth and feel the only thing I can afford is dentures. My dentist said, “No”. I was frustrated because he wants me to get this really expensive procedure instead called dental implants. I’m 26 and don’t have that kind of money, especially after all the reconstructive surgery. At least medical insurance helped with a lot of that. But, I don’t have any dental insurance. What do I do?
I’m sorry you are facing so much at such a young age and I completely understand your frustration. It’s unfair of dentists to put these kinds of restrictions on patients. I will say, however, that the dentist is looking at the long term. It won’t do you any good, though, if you just can’t afford it right now.
The Big Concern with Dentures
When your lost your teeth, your body recognized that because there was no stimuli to your brain from the roots of your teeth. As a result, it started taking the minerals out of your jawbone to use elsewhere in an effort to use your body’s resources as efficiently as possible. This has the unfortunate result of shrinking your jawbone. After about ten or so years, you won’t have enough of your jawbone left to even wear your dentures. This is known as facial collapse. It’s what your dentist is trying to protect you from.
Implant Supported Dentures
I don’t know how your dentist proposed dental implants to you. If he suggested an implant per tooth, hardly anyone can afford that. It’s unattainable for all but the wealthiest. However, there are more affordable option.
Generally, I would suggest implant supported dentures. With four to six dental implants, you can very securely anchor your dentures to your jaw. This not only greatly increases your everyday quality of life (which is often miserable with dentures), but protects you from facial collapse.
What if implant overdentures are too expensive? You could try working through Care Credit, which is a medical credit card. It’s has low interest payment plans and there is no penalty for early pay off. If even that is out of reach, you can try snap-on dentures. This can use as few as two dental implants. Then, as you’re able you can add more.
I hope this helps.
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