Deciding on Getting Dentures?

I am missing several teeth, molars on top and bottom and my front bottom teeth. I have one on the right bottom, and 2 on the left bottom. The middle teeth are missing and the ones along the sides are missing. I have 3 top middle teeth and one molar on left top. I can't get implants because my bone is too thin or not enough there or something. I forgot what they said, but not a good candidate for implants. What should I do? Cost is a factor.


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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

Ask around and find out who is happy with his or her dentures. Go to that person

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

If you have a dental school in your community, call and see if they can help with bridges or partials.

Are you on Medicaid or have a dental policy through an employer? Some employer plans (and some state's Medical assistace) may cover parts of the cost for bridges or partials.


Last suggestion is to contact your local Notary, Kiwanis, and United Way to see if they can hook you up with services that can help!

Wishing you the best and G-d bless you!

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

Sounds like you have some difficulties with your teeth and have issues with tooth decay. In a situation such as this, I would definitely look into having the rest of my teeth removed and getting dentures. If money is an issue this would be the cheapest way to go. Before making your final decision I would consult another dentist to find out if you have any other options.

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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

It sounds like you have no choice but dentures and they would be less expensive than implants (which you say you cannot have anyway).

  • Dentures are very expensive, and without insurance it is even difficult to get a discount. Even with high cost of dental work, you will rarely find a dentist that does not have a lot of patients.
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  • Dental schools are your best bet but they are not free and they do not take everybody who apply.
  • Also, they are usually limited as to how many "cases" they accept each year and they only do this during certain times of the year. I live 60 miles from a dental school and I know people who have had to apply numerous times and over a long period of time (most schools are "first come first served" so you usually have to be there very early/early). All that I am saying is that it is not always easy to get help even if you are near a school. Cash/credit card is required unless you can make financial arrangements in advance.
  • Occasionally, there is a regular dental department in the same area as the school and they will sometimes do work for less money and some financial services are available.

    You will just have to explore every avenue you find.
  • There are some dentists that take payments but since we do not know where you live you will have to do your own research in that area - maybe Google dentists who take payments with your zip code or, if you fall in the low income area, you can also Google for help with dental services with your zip code.
  • Here is a link that has some suggestions that might fall in your area of need:
  • Here is a link that shows just how much each procedure may cost (prices differ in different areas):
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July 26, 20180 found this helpful

All of my elders have always told me, "Try to keep your natural teeth as long as possible because dentures are hell." Perhaps see if a dental school can do bridges for you?

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July 29, 20180 found this helpful

Depending on your area there are different places you can go to get Affordable Dentures we have a school here that actually provides a lot of information regarding payment plans and options and even Financial assistance for some people who can't afford dentures. Also implants are very very painful and Dentures are not as painful as that procedure would be.


I would suggest contacting local dentists and they should be able to provide you with information regarding payment options or actually in certain situations possibly a way to cover the entire cost as well.

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

the good thing about dentures is this allows you to eat food and allows you to keep the architecture of your jaw and face intact, and additionally makes you look less old (for what that's worth)

the bad thing about dentures is how unnatural they feel, the cost, having to always keep them clean, and yes, some risk of infections, etc. I also hear there's a really difficult adjustment period where you will be subject to pain, even rashes, etc


in the end choose what's best for you with what you have to work with. I know plenty of people who have just decided to not replace teeth with anything and it doesn't make them worse people, though it does make things harder with all the morons out there who can't get past something that has been part of the natural human condition for 100+ years (namely - loss of teeth) because they have bought into this pathetic unsustainable commodity fetish reality that "ermagherd! no teeth!" The same pathetic mentality that keeps people more sick than well thru unhealthy, untested pharma interventions, or thru sustaining infantile, unsustainable, plastic appearance/beauty standards

but I digress

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