I am 45 years old and losing my teeth due to extensive chemo treatments over a period of 15 years. I have no money. None. My husband left me two years ago and I just can’t afford anything but dentures. My dentist said I am too young and he can only give me dental implants. What do I do, go without teeth? How is that better for me?
Let me start by saying I am so sorry for all you have been through. That is so much hardship. I am equally sorry that your dentist isn’t willing to work with you at all. This is unfair of him. Though he has legitimate concerns with your age, you are in an untenable situation and there are ways of working around this.
Let me start with his concerns so you understand what you’ll have to confront at some point.
Dentures and Facial Collapse
When you lose or remove all your teeth, your body recognizes that and immediately begins to resorb the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in your body. While it does this in an effort to be as efficient as possible with your body’s resources, it has the unfortunate side effect of shrinking your jawbone.
After about ten years or more, depending on your body’s response, you will no longer have enough jawbone left to retain your dentures. This is known as facial collapse.
Having Dental implants in your jawbone, signals to your brain that there are still teeth there so it leaves your jawbone intact, preventing facial collapse.
Affordable Dental Implants
If you can’t afford traditional dental implants there are two other options for you. The first is to help stabilize your denture with mini dental implants. You’d only really need to do it on the bottom arch because that is the one with the more serious repercussions to facial collapse.
This won’t be as secure as using full sized implants, but it will cost significantly less and will preserve your jawbone. Additionally, you’ll never have to worry about your dentures slipping or falling out.
Another option in affordable dental implants is to get snap-on dentures. This uses just two dental implants, If your dentist isn’t willing to work with you, believe me, there are plenty of caring dentists who will!
This blog is brought to you by Salem, MA Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.