I’m losing all of my teeth at 36. It’s my own fault. Ever since I moved out of my parent’s house, I just stopped caring about brushing my teeth. I would chew gum if my breath ever smelled bad and occasionally brush. I definitely didn’t brush often. My dentist insists because of my age I need to get dental implants, but the cost is well beyond anything I can do. If I had a time machine I’d go back and brush my teeth every day. I can’t believe not doing something so simple is reeking havoc on my life.
Hindsight is 20/20. As you can’t go back in time, we’ll just have to help you deal with the stage of life you’re in at the moment. While dental implants aren’t your only option, let me explain to you why your dentist is insisting on them.
You could get dentures, but your youthful age means there will be serious, life-threatening consequences. When your teeth are removed, your body recognizes that. Knowing you no longer have teeth roots to support, it takes the minerals in your jawbone and reabsorbs them to use elsewhere throughout your body where they’ll be more useful.
While efficient, the consequence to you is eventually you won’t have enough jawbone left to retain a denture. This is known as facial collapse. You’ll no longer be able to wear your dentures. You won’t have enough bone density for dental implants, so you’ll be reduced to a liquid diet for the remainder of your life. Think about the nutritional danger of that.
Finding Affordable Dental Implants
So, knowing what you really need long-term for your health is dental implants, how do you afford them? Don’t make the mistake of equating cheap dental implants with affordable dental implants. That’s a huge mistake. Don’t forget you’re talking about a surgical procedure. If you were having brain surgery, would you call around for the cheapest surgeon and then let them do the work? Of course not! If you’re going to invest in dental implants, you need to make sure you have a skilled dentist to do your procedure.
Many people who go for the cheapest implant dentist often end up with infections or broken implant fixtures because the dentist is either unskilled or cuts corners with subpar implants. This costs them way more than if they’d have just gone to a qualified dentist to begin with.
The best option for you is to get implant-supported dentures. Ideally, you’d want eight implants for these, but you can get them with as few as two implants. This will get you started and allow you time to save up for the rest. There are also payment plans that will help you pay off even the first two implants so you can get going right away.
The most important thing is communication with a skilled implant dentist. Let them know your situation and they’ll be able to help you find solutions that will work.
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