I’m very worried. I’ve been in an accident that is causing me to lose most of my teeth. In preparation for that, I went to my dentist to make plans for dentures. He told me it’s imperative I get dental implants. It’s not that I don’t want them, it’s just I can’t afford them. He is absolutely refusing the give me dentures saying that at my age (I’m 23) it would be irresponsible. What should I do? It’s not like it’s any more responsible for me to be without teeth. Can you advise?
First, let me express sorrow that your accident has caused you such devastating trouble. I’m sure this has been an extremely distressing situation for you. I also understand that it would be extraordinarily difficult for a 23-year-old just starting out in life to afford a procedure like dental implants. I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think you’re going to get anywhere with him, so you’ll be better served going to a different dentist. However, I am going to explain his concerns and what your options are.
While he’s handled the situation poorly, his concern is valid. At your age, if you were to get dentures and stick with that procedure, you’ll be afflicted with facial collapse before you even hit 40 years of age. While I know you can’t afford full dental implants there are ways to get as much protection for your jawbone as possible.
Affording Care You Can’t Afford
The first thing I’d do is see if there are ANY teeth which can be saved. Even one or two is better than nothing and will preserve some bone. There are dentures which can be made to have holes in them where you still have natural teeth to fit through.
Next, if there are even just a couple of implants you can afford that will help. Your dentist can strategically place them to give you maximum protection. Ask about implant overdentures.
Then, as finances allow, you can add implants your treatment plan.
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