Dentures: Pay Now Or Pay Later?
Digital cameras have changed the world. You can still get film cameras, and if you like to hunt around at yard sales, you can probably find one pretty cheap.
That reminds us of some of the services we offer at Hubbard & Leath Dental.
Dental implants and implant-supported dentures have had a huge impact on the lives of our patients. Traditional dentures are less expensive, but they aren’t as convenient as implant-supported dentures. (Also, we would strongly discourage getting dentures at a yard sale.)
If you are missing one or both rows of your teeth, we want you to keep this in mind when you are deciding if you will get replacement teeth and which kind you will get.
Today, we want to discuss why implant-supported denture may save money in the long run when compared to traditional dentures. Please contact our dentist if you would like to discuss either or both of these options at our office in Rochester Hills, MI.
Traditional Dentures = Film Cameras
When many of us were growing up digital cameras had not yet been invented, or if they had been, they were so expensive that only professional photographers were using them.
Many of us remember going to the store to buy film. After we took our pictures, we had to have the film developed so we could get prints. Until we saw the prints, we really didn’t know of our pictures were worth keeping.
To take more pictures, we had to buy more film, and to see them, we had to continue to get that film developed.
This was just an ongoing expense that came with having a camera.
So, how is that like traditional dentures?
Well, there are ongoing expenses with dentures, too. When you first get your dentures, they should fit comfortably and stay in place relatively well.
You will probably get some kind of adhesive for those times when you want them to be a little more secure.
But that’s not even the main cost of having traditional dentures.
Since you no longer have roots (or a root replacement), your jawbone will not generate new tissue often enough to keep up with the old tissue that is reabsorbed. As a result, your jawbone will get smaller.
That will lead to changes in the shape of your mouth, which will affect how well your dentures fit. It also affects how comfortable they feel.
To address this, you will need to have your dentures replaced or refitted. On average, this will need to be done every 5 or 10 years.
Like a film camera, you will have to keep paying if you want to keep using these dentures.
Implant-Supported Dentures = Digital cameras
Now, let’s compare the newer technologies.
Digital cameras are more expensive to purchase than film cameras. (For our purposes, we are talking about a stand-alone camera, not the one that’s built into cell phones.)
When you buy a digital camera, you aren’t just paying for the technology. You are paying for convenience. With a digital camera, you buy a card to store your images. Those cards can store hundreds of images at a time, which is something you could not do with film.
After you copy those images onto a computer, you can erase the card and reuse it. Again, that’s not something you could do with film.
Once you have a digital camera, the ongoing costs of using it are pretty minimal.
Implant-supported dentures are similar.
It starts with the dental implants themselves. By replacing the roots of your missing teeth, you have a way to keep your jaw healthy and strong. This means your jaw is less likely to shrink, and the shape of your mouth will remain pretty much unchanged.
As a result, you won’t need to replace your dentures regularly to keep up with your ever-changing mouth.
The implants also provide greater stability and strength than you can get with denture adhesives. And since they are always there, you don’t to keep getting more stuff to hold your dentures in the right position.
As long as you make the effort to care for your mouth and your implant-supported dentures, they could last you for the rest of your life.
Short-Term Savings Or Long-Term Investing?
Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you want to pay now or pay later for your replacement teeth. If you live in or near Rochester Hills, MI, our dentists are close and available to help with whichever option you choose.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about dentures and dental implants, too. All you need to do is schedule a consultation at Hubbard & Leath Dental by calling 248.266.2528 or by filling out our online form.