I have a removable full upper denture, and I have four implant posts in my mouth that it snaps onto. However, to keep my denture in place, I need four little silicone or nylon caps called ‘retention caps’. They can’t possibly cost that much to order, but my dentist charges me $30 for a single one! I can order an entire set – all four – for about $25 online, which would save me a lot of money in the long run. However, I can’t order these cheaper sets because I’m not a dentist! Is there any way to get these caps? I can’t afford to keep replacing them.
Reid, from Prescott, Arizona
I may have some good news for you. There are a few solutions to your predicament. Firstly, you can try calling around to some local dental offices and explain your situation. You may be able to convince an office to order some locator retention caps for you and sell them to you at cost. Staff members at a dental office are in charge of the ordering, so finding a helpful staff member is key, and should not be too difficult.
Secondly, you can try to order the locator retention caps online. By using sites like eBay or overseas resellers, you don’t need to be a licensed dental professional to order them. However, there are different types of caps – strong, firm, soft, etc. – so make sure you know exactly which one you need for the dental implants you have. You also need to be comfortable putting these into your denture on your own, otherwise you’ll need to make an appointment with your dentist for help.
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