I have always had problems with my teeth, despite my best efforts to brush and floss. Antibiotics I took as a child combined with daily vomiting through two pregnancies have left my teeth in shambles. They are cracked, falling apart, and I have visible cavities. I am relatively young but feel that dentures are my only option.
My dental insurance only covers $1000 a year. I’ve been trying to fix my teeth, but keep running out of coverage. I can get an upper denture out of pocket for about $1500. My other option would be root canals and then crowns or bridge, and the total costs would be around $5,000. I don’t qualify for any loans or assistance. I’m leaning towards getting an upper denture first, as my lower teeth aren’t as bad yet.
I don’t want to get dentures at my age, but they are the only affordable option. I feel like my dentist is judging me for letting my teeth get like this. Are dentures my best option? Is my dentist judging me?
Sue, from Kentucky
Your dentist should be trying to give you advice, not judgement. Most dentists understand that sometimes factors beyond patient’s control affect their teeth.
An upper denture is a good option for you and your budget. Getting an upper denture first could extend the lifespan of your lower teeth.
However, after extractions, your body resorbs your jaw over time, leading to jawbone shrinkage and facial collapse. Dental implants eliminate this problem, but the cost may be out of your price range. In your case, your dentist should prioritize any teeth or roots that can be saved.
Whatever you and your dentist decide, he or she should be compassionate to your situation and understanding of your finances.
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