I’m losing my teeth. It’s too late to do anything about that, but I’m in a tough spot. I can’t yet afford dental implants, though I am saving up. I need teeth so told my dentist to go ahead and start the process for dentures. He told me I am going not going to be happy with dentures. I”m in tears. Does this mean my smile will be ugly? I know that’s better than no teeth, but I just want to be prepared.
The way your smile looks depends more on the cosmetic skills of your dentist more than it does on whether you get dentures or dental implants. In reality, when you lose all your teeth, what you get is implant-supported dentures. Your dentist would know that, so this tells me he meant something else when he told you that you wouldn’t be happy with dentures.
The Problem with Dentures
Even the best fitting dentures will reduce your chewing capacity by 50%. Additionally, there isn’t anything keeping them in so they will move around. The top arch is held in by suction, but also requires a plate to do that. Some people find that difficult to deal with. Those with a sensitive gag reflex find it almost impossible.
The bottom arch simply rests on top of the jawbone. Therein lies the biggest problem with dentures. When your teeth are removed, your body recognizes that. As a result, it begins to slowly resorb the minerals in your jawbone. This shrinks your jawbone. After around ten years, you no longer have enough jawbone left to support your denture. This is known as facial collapse.
If you place dental implants in your jawbone, the prosthetic roots signal to your brain that you need your jawbone to sustain the roots.
I do know you said you couldn’t afford dental implants. As you’re saving up for them, you should be fine. You could start with snap-on dentures which use as few as two dental implants and then work your way up to more. However, there are some options you can use for paying for this you may be unaware of.
Generally, the procedure is paid for in two installments. The first when you have the implants placed. The second, after a period of healing, when they place the dentures. In addition, most dentists are willing to work through Care Credit which is a medical payment plan. This can break up the payments even further for you.
Getting a Beautiful Smile with DenturesA great cosmetic dentist can give you a beautiful smile, even with dentures. I would do your research on the dentist before deciding. Your family dentist may not be one who is capable of the artistry and skill necessary to give you a smile you’ll be proud of.
The top of the line cosmetic dentists are AACD accredited. You’ll want one who is also highly trained in dental implants. This way he can plan ahead for when you are able to get the implants you want.
This blog is brought to you by Philadelphia Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michael Weiss.