My dentist recommended I get most of my teeth extracted and replaced with a full upper and lower denture. I know my teeth are rotten and need to come out, but I’m not sure if I want to go with a removable denture or a fixed one. Cost is a factor, and my dentist said that the removable denture was the least expensive. However, he said that a denture secured with dental implants is more sturdy.
I have not had a nice smile for most of my life, and want my dentures to look as natural as possible. I was looking into dental implants for the implant overdentures and I’m worried about the implant failing. If the implants fail, I fear it would add too many additional costs than if I opted for the removable denture in the first place. I want to choose which option is most affordable – the removable or denture with dental implants – in the long run. Which one should I choose?
Shaun, Washington D.C.
Thank you for writing to us. You have a big decision to make ahead of you, but don’t worry. You can refer to our page on dental implants to help you make your decision. We also have a page on Dental Implant Failure, but this was not meant to scare you. Dental implant failure is a risk when patients skimp on quality to save money. Going to an inexperienced general dentist in order to save money can cause you to spend more in the long run if those implants fail. Dental implants placed by a qualified cosmetic dentist such as Dr. Rota have a minimal risk of failure. Please refer to our Dental Implant Failure page to find out how.
There is an advantage to the extra surgical costs that dental implants have – these implants protect your jaw from osseointegration, or jawbone shrinkage. You also are able to eat the foods you like, without the added cost of changing your diet. Dental implants prevent the denture from slipping out, which would have an embarrassing social cost. This cost may not have a price tag, but they are important to consider during the decision-making.
We hope this information helps your decision. Ultimately, it is up to you. If you are still worried about affordable dental implants or cost, you should check your dentist’s financial policies: cosmetic dental offices such as ours have payment options such as a three-month payment plan if you cannot afford to pay upfront. If you were to get your dental implants done at Dr. Rota’s Colorado Springs office, all of your work would be done in-office, saving you trips to specialists. Finally, most cosmetic dentists, such as Dr. Rota, offer complimentary consultations, so you can voice your concerns to the dentist and receive personalized answers.
Thank you for your time, and good luck with your dentures.
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