Affordable Dentures. Really? Is there such a thing? Only if a patient considers the initial cost – but NOT when the long term costs are considered. Why is that true?
The true cost of any dental or medical procedure must take into account, not only the initial cost, but the long term costs and side effects compared with the benefits of that procedure.
Benefits of Affordable Dentures
So, just what are the “benefits” of affordable dentures? To be sure, they are limited to the initial low cost and more immediate results. That’s it! Some may say that they look good, but a patient still has that identifiable “denture look” – a low cost, quick solution appearance.
Long Term Costs of Affordable Dentures
That brings us to the long term cost, which is the highest cost of all procedures, that most patients do not consider. So called affordable dentures are the most destructive dental option that a patient can choose. Destructive? Why? You must consider that natural teeth have many functions, and one of the most important is to maintain and preserve the normal bone that we all have with natural teeth.
When teeth are lost, that bone-preserving function is also lost, and the bone begins to change by getting smaller over the years. This loss of normal bone is vastly accelerated with the use of dentures, whether full mouth or partial dentures. Dentures exert an uncontrolled destructive force upon the remaining bone. This is much like the force that the orthodontist uses to straighten natural teeth, but with braces, this force is controlled for the patient’s benefit.
Denture Patients Can Loose Up to 40% of Remaining Bone
With the force caused by dentures, the bone is destroyed over the years. A denture patient can loose up to 40% of the remaining bone in the mouth, within 1 to 2 years after dentures are placed. This is why a denture patient has an advanced older look. When their dentures are removed this look is horrific, as the face and its normal contours collapse.
Affordable Dentures are Very Limiting
Affordable dentures most often are very uncomfortable and severely limit a patient’s ability to eat any food desired. Go into any grocery or drugstore and you will see a multitude of denture adhesives that offer a little more comfort or stability for dentures. There existence is a testimony to the ultimate failure of affordable dentures.
A Better Way – Dental Implants
Is there a better way? Fortunately, the answer is a resounding YES!…and that solution is the use of permanent dental implants.
Only dental implants restore the normal function and look of natural teeth – without the destructive effects of dentures. Dental implants attach to the normal bone and are totally stable like the natural teeth. Another big advantage is that they stop the further loss of bone, as they maintain and preserve bone just like teeth. This has the added benefit to help maintain the youthful looks of a beautiful smile with no fear of loose dentures. A dental implant patient enjoys the ability to eat whatever they wish without concern of the embarrassment of affordable dentures.
Affordable Denture Costs Are Actually Higher Than Dental Implants
Therefore, when one considers the long term and total costs of affordable dentures, that cost is just too high. Cost is measured, not only in money, but a quality and enjoyment of life that only dental implants can offer.
To consider the multitude of positive benefits of dental implants, do yourself a big favor and call a qualified dentist to discuss this option for you. You will be thankful later that you made that phone call.