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Denture Disaster

I can’t afford a full set of dental implants, which is what I really wanted. I know they’re better, I just have no way of getting them. I wasn’t thrilled about getting dentures but just thought I could make the most out of it. But, I just can’t deal with the movement. The stupid things haven’t fallen out, but they slide enough to make me nervous. This whole thing has been a disaster. It’s so discouraging. Is there anything I can do which will keep them in?

Mona B.

Dear Mona,

An image of a snap-on denture
Snap-on Denture

You’re in a tough spot. While some people can get along with dentures, no one really loves them. Even the best fitting dentures cause you to lose 50% of your chewing capacity. Unfortunately, that will only get worse. Your body begins reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body. So, the longer you wear dentures, the more jawbone you lose. Eventually, there’s not enough jawbone left for you to retain your denture any longer. This is known as facial collapse. The only way to repair it is if you get bone built back up through bone grafting.

Solution to Slippery Dentures

Snap-on dentures are a good intermediate step for you. It will allow you to anchor the dentures to your jaw with as few as two implants. Obviously, the more implants you have the better, but this is an affordable way to get dental implants to preserve at least some jawbone. This also gives you time to save up to get more implants as you’re able to.

Don’t get too discouraged. You’re at least doing the research to find out about solutions. Many people go years without hearing the warnings about dentures or learning of any solutions.

Just be sure to not let any old dentist do the work. It is an advanced procedure. You don’t want to risk it being done improperly. Make sure they have significant post-graduate training in restorative dentistry.

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Options to Dentures or Dental Implants?

I’m having every tooth extracted. It’s a long story I won’t go into as to how this happened. I’m looking for options now. My dentist wants me to get a dental implant on every tooth. Even if I owned a house (which I don’t). I’d have to sell it to pay the cost of something like that. He said if I didn’t do that I’d have to get dentures. I don’t want that either. Isn’t there a middle ground?

Darren L.

Dear Darren,

An image of a snap-on denture
Snap-on Denture

Absolutely there’s a middle ground. There’s also varying degrees of ground. I’m personally appalled that your dentist gave you only those two options. That’s like telling a potential homebuyer they either purchase the multi-million dollar mansion or they’ll have to like in a decrepit shack with no power. Ethically, he’s supposed to inform you of all your options.

First of all, you can get dental implants without having an implant placed at every tooth. In fact, only the richest of clients could afford something like that. When all your teeth are missing, patients normally get implant supported dentures. It utilizes a dental implant, but they’re anchored to your jaw with implants. Obviously, the more dental implants you have placed, the more secure they’ll be. However, you can get them with as few as two.

These are generally called snap-on dentures. They help keep the denture from slipping out. It also preserves your bone where the two implants are placed. That’s very important. In fact, the more implants you have placed, the more you’ll prevent the facial collapse that comes with jawbone shrinkage, one of the biggest problems with dentures.

How Dental Implants Prevent Facial Collapse

When you remove your teeth, your body begins reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body. It’s remarkably efficient, but devastating to the use of dentures. Eventually, your jawbone shrinks to the point where there’s no way to keep the dentures in.

Every implant placed, including those from snap-on dentures, retain the minerals in each place there are implants. That’s because your body recognizes the implant as a tooth root and knows you need the jawbone intact in that area.

This is one of the reasons I’m frustrated with your dentist. Just telling you about dentures without giving you the dangers and how to prevent them is irresponsible.

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Am I Doomed to Dentures?

My dentist said that my teeth aren’t worth saving and I should just get dental implants. When he showed me the price tag, I almost had a stroke. I told him there was no way I could afford to get those. He just shrugged and told me it’s that or dentures. I want to cry. Am I really doomed to dentures at 31?

Rebecca L.

Dear Rebecca,

Salem Snap on Denture

I’m a tad concerned that your dentist said that your teeth weren’t worth saving. Most dentists are of the opinion that every tooth is worth saving. You’ll find that saving natural teeth gives you a much better quality of life.

Sometimes teeth can’t be saved, even when you try your best. When that happens, then yes, dental implants are your best option. They’re the closest thing to having your own natural teeth. As you discovered, they are pretty pricey.

While dentures are a more affordable option, many patients hate them because they’re not anchored. At your age, dentures would be disastrous. There’s a condition known as facial collapse that will become an inevitability for you. When your teeth are removed, your body recognizes there is no longer a need for your jawbone to support the roots of your teeth. To that end, it removes the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in your body where they may be more beneficial. Unfortunately, that means losing jawbone structure. Before long, you won’t have enough jawbone left to retain your dentures.

You may be feeling doomed right now, but there are options. The first one is the most important. I want you to get a second opinion. I can’t imagine, unless you just haven’t taken care of your teeth AT ALL, that at least some of your teeth cannot be saved. The more teeth you save, the better your outcome and the less money you’ll have to spend on replacements. It might be you won’t have to even worry about whether to get dental implants or dentures.

But, let’s plan for the worst. If you get a second opinion and the dentist said there wasn’t a way to save your teeth, don’t despair. It may be possible for you to set up a payment plan with your dentist in order to afford dental implants. Then you wouldn’t have to worry about being doomed to dentures. But, there’s always a possibility that even with the most generous payment plan, it would still be impossible for you.

If that’s the case, a decent option would be to get snap-on dentures. They use as few as two implants which enables you to snap the dentures. While you’re still getting dentures, these have a couple of benefits. First, they’re anchored. You won’t have to worry about them falling out the way traditional dentures do. Second, the areas that have the snaps will not lose jawbone.

You can do snap-on dentures with as few as two, but this allows you to save up until you can get a decent set of dental implants.

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Is There a Treatment Between Dentures and Dental Implants?

I’m losing my teeth. I was hoping to get dental implants, but after looking into it with more detail, there’s absolutely no way I can afford it. At the same time, I don’t want dentures. I spent too many years watching my grandmother’s dentures slipping out constantly. It totally grossed me out as a child. I don’t want to be that grandma. Is there any chance there’s a treatment that meets in the middle?

Lisa (too young to be gross).

Dear Lisa,

It’s amazing how many times when we’re little we think, “That will never be me!” Then the years pass and we’re shocked to find ourselves squinting and pushing our eye-glasses down to the ends of our noses because someone shrunk all the print in books.

When you have to replace all your teeth it can be distressing. Yes, dental implants are the ideal treatment and I can see why you wanted them. But, their cost sometimes puts it out of reach. You’re also right that dentures have lots of problems. Slipping and sliding is a big one.

Fortunately, there is a middle ground. Snap-on dentures address some of the problems that come with dentures. Obviously, they’re still not as stable as dental implants, but they’re not going to fall out of your mouth without some serious force.

They’re also useful in that they’ll allow you to work your way up to more implants. You can start with as few as two, which is much more affordable and give you time to save up for further implants as you’re able.

Talk to your dentist and I’m sure the two of you can work out a plan to get you stable replacements for your teeth that repair your smile without destroying your bank account.

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I Can’t Eat with Dentures

I’m feeling absolutely desperate. I haven’t eaten properly in weeks. I’m able to get down soup but that’s about it. Ever since I’ve gotten dentures it’s been almost impossible to eat. Food gets underneath them. I don’t chew well. My dentist says I’ll get used to it, but it doesn’t feel that way.  I know I should have gotten dental implants, but I would have needed quite a few and I can’t afford that. Do I have any options?

Mary Anne P.

Mary Anne,

I’m sorry for the difficulty you’ve been having with your dentures. While some patients do adjust, many do not.  Even the best fitting dentures will reduce your chewing capacity by 50%.

Yes, dental implants are ideal, but like you mentioned they can be quite expensive. The good thing about dentures is you can work up to a full set of dental implants.

Hopefully, your dentist gave you all your options. I don’t know if he mentioned snap-on dentures. These use as few as two implants to secure the dentures in place.  This will help with the chewing, not as much as a full set of implants, but it will improve the situation.

In case your dentist neglected to give you all the information, I want to make you aware of something called facial collapse. When your teeth are removed, your body begins reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone. After a while, it causes you to lose so much jawbone you can’t even retain your dentures. It also gives your face an aged sunken appearance.

Beginning to get implants, such as with snap-on dentures, helps you prevent that. You can do two implants at a time, preserving at least some of the bone and then gradually save up to a larger amount of implants.

I’m hoping you had all the information at the beginning when you first made your decision. However, you haven’t had your dentures long, so even if you didn’t there’s likely not much damage done.

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My Dentist Has Me Terrified I’m Going to Be Humiliated

I’m caught between a rock and a hard place. I want dental implants, but can’t afford them. I’m stuck with dentures. But, my dentist keeps telling me these horror stories about people’s dentures falling out in public situations. I’m terrified I’m going to be humiliated. Is this a given? Am I eventually going to be on one of the “funniest videos” shows?

Amanda L.  – Missouri

Amanda,

I think it is unfair for your dentist to try to scare you into a procedure. He’s supposed to tell you the pros and cons of each procedure, but not this way.  This is histrionics.

The real downside to dentures as opposed to dental implants is the loss of jawbone. When your teeth are removed, your body begins reabsorbing the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere. Eventually, that causes your jawbone to shrink and your dentures to slip.

Let me say, that takes several years to happen, so you have a couple of options. First, you can get snap-on dentures. While they’re not as ideal as implants, they’re a great option for people in your position. They anchor the dentures to your gums. You can get them as few as two implants. You can get more, of course, but two are the most affordable.

That also helps with your second option. Get dentures (or snap-on dentures) while saving up for implants. You can gradually add more implants as you’re able.

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Tired of My Dentures Being a Party Trick

Every time my family gets together someone asks for me to do tricks with my dentures. That’s not my only issue. It’s the fact that I can do tricks with them. They move all the time. All. The. Time. I’m sick of it.  I can’t afford implants. What options do I have?

Alana B. – West Virginia

Alana,

Yes, you do have an option, but I hope you won’t get angry if I say I wouldn’t mind seeing some of those party tricks.

However, even if you’re not interested in doing them there’s a way to keep them in all the time.  It’s an affordable way to get dental implants.

Snap-on dentures can anchor your dentures with as few as two dental implants. It’s not like having a complete set of implants. But, you not only won’t be able to do party tricks; the dentures will always stay in your mouth.

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My Dentures Ruined My Daughter’s Celebration

My daughter has been working toward a goal her whole life. She’s come up against one obstacle after another. Yet, she persevered. I’m as proud of her as any parent could be. We held a party in her honor. I baked her favorite cake. Yet, right when I’m standing over the cake giving a speech about her remarkable accomplishment, my dentures fall out and land smack on top of the cake. I was (and still am) mortified. Tell me there is something I can do about these wretched dentures.

Annette A. – Nevada

Annette,

I am mortified along with you. That would be a horrible thing to experience. I don’t know your daughter, but I’m willing to wager after all she’s overcome to meet her goal, she will not allow an incident you couldn’t control to get between the two of you.

All that being said, there is definitely something you can do about the slipping dentures and prevent it from ever happening again.

Obviously, dental implants are the ideal choice. In some cases, however, they’re not possible because of financial restrictions. When that is the case, snap-on dentures are a great solution.

They can be done with as few as two implants, making it much more affordable. Though it doesn’t have all the benefits of dental implants, it will certainly anchor the dentures into your mouth, so you’ll never have to face a situation like your daughter’s celebration again.

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Totally Depressed I’m Going to Have to Get Dentures

I am so depressed. I’m losing my teeth. It’s my own fault and I’m owning up to that. The problem is I was hoping to get dental implants. The sticker price for those puppies were just too expensive.  Now I’m just 50 years old and having to get dentures. I wish there was something in between.

Darby N. – Philadelphia

Darby,

It’s always hard when you can’t afford something you know is better for you than what you can afford.  I have a suggestion for you, that will make your wish come true. I know that dental implants are out of your reach at this time.

There is something called snap-on dentures. It takes your denture and anchors it with as few as two implants.

This can help with some of the things people hate the most about dentures, such as the moving around and even slipping out, as well as the bone loss.

This will also enable you to save up and eventually get more implants placed.

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What If I Hate My Dentures?

I got dentures, because I thought the dental implants my dentist quoted me were too crazy expensive. That was a  mistake.  Is it too late? Are there ways to get them cheaper? These dentures like to move around. I hate them.

Micah L – Kentucky

Micah,

It’s not too late. You could still get dental implants if you’re a good candidate.  I wouldn’t just look for the cheapest dentist who does dental implants. That could cause some serious problems. Some of them are cheap for a very bad reason–they cut corners.

If you’re needing something on the more affordable side, you might consider snap-on dentures.  it requires a minimum of two implants, but it will secure your dentures quite well. Then, if you’d like, you can save up money for more implants as you’re able.

It’s a great alternative for someone who wants the security of implants, but doesn’t want to get a full set.

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