I’ve lost several teeth. I don’t have much money, so I thought I’d get a removable partial denture. My dentist insists I get dental implants. He keeps telling me I’ll ruin my life with dentures, but I don’t want to go into debt for a procedure I can’t afford. He won’t shut up about it. Is it really that horrible a decision?
Brooke – Texas
This type of behavior from a dentist really galls me. While dental implants may be the top of the line treatment, it also comes with a top of the line price tag. Not everyone can afford that. And dentists need to understand that.
There is something called phased treatment that affordable dentists are very willing to suggest and provide. You can start off with a removable partial denture. Possibly you could even afford to have it anchored with a mini implant. Then as you have the money you can switch to a full implant. Depending on how many teeth you’ve lost, you may only need one or two.
While his methods are a bit bullish, he likely only has your well-being in mind. Dentures can be uncomfortable and reduce your chewing capacity no matter how well made they are. Then, there is the loss of jaw bone minerals that come from not having a tooth root anymore. With dental implants, the body is tricked into thinking that root is still there and you retain all your minerals.
In your place, I would just tell him this is what you can afford and that’s that. If you’re interested in working toward another treatment, you can tell him that. It may shut him up. But, either way, it’s your mouth, your budget, and your choice.
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