Transcript of "Colorado Springs Dentists Talk About Dentures and the Price Patients Really Pay to Wear Them, PART 1"
Colorado Springs Dentists Talk About Dentures and the Price Patients Really Pay to Wear Them, PART 1This four-part article series discusses the problems, challenges and repeat expenses associatedwith denture wearing, some of them as serious and potentially fatal as malnutrition.Removable dentures have long been the teeth replacement technology of choice for patientswho have lost most or all of their original adult teeth; a state referred to as edentulism.However, just because dentures have been the most popular choice, does not mean they offerthe best solution! With the ceaseless development of sophisticated dental implant technologyand surgical protocols, specially trained and experienced Colorado Springs dentists are ableto offer more and more edentulous and near-edentulous patients a brand new set of teeth thatare fixed, non-removable and far more functional, durable and aesthetic than removabledentures.Why Do People Still Opt for Removable Dentures?The question then is: why do people still choose removable dentures? Unfortunately, mostpatients can’t see the benefits beyond the greater initial price tag for dental implants. Shortand long term benefits aside, they would rather pay a few hundred dollars to have denturesplaced than a few thousand to have dental implants placed. What these patients aren’t awareof is the fact that dentures come with their own hidden costs and repeat expenses that, in thelong term, make them the costliest teeth replacement solution on the market! The worst part,however, is that these costs and expenses aren’t only financial in nature, but take a severe tollon quality of life and in values that are irreplaceable, such as your youthful smile aesthetics.In this four-part article series, Colorado Springs dentists shall delve deep into the problemsand challenges associated with denture wearing. At the same time, they will compare thisarchaic technology with newer methods of teeth replacement and explain how and why dentalimplants offer a far more sophisticated and comprehensive solution to rampant tooth loss.Let’s start with one of the biggest problems associated with denture wearing.
Removable Dentures and Jawbone LossYour teeth provide an indispensible service to the bone tissue in which they are anchored.Just like the muscles in your body require exercise to remain strong, so too does bone. Theroots of your teeth are responsible for “exercising” the jaw and they do this by transmitting allthe forces associating with biting, grinding and chewing directly into the underlying bonetissue. Removable full or partial dentures only replace the visible portion of missing teeth - thecrowns - allowing the jaw to atrophy and waste away from disuse. Wearing dentures actuallyaccelerates the rate of bone loss. What does this mean for the patient? • Denture Refitting: As the shape of the jawbone changes, old dentures will fit less and less until a patient requires a new set of dentures to be fitted. This initially occurs once every few years, but accelerates in frequency the longer you wear dentures for. Add up the costs of denture refitting and in the long run you’ve got yourself a mighty expensive teeth replacement solution! • A Loss of Youthful Appearance: The loss of bone volume in the jaw has a devastating effect upon one’s natural youthful facial contours. Instead of a strong and definite jawbone line, elderly denture wearers tend to have sagging skin around the oral cavity and a sunken and aged appearance. “Denture wearing is incredibly aging to one’s appearance,” explain dentists in Colorado Springs. “And once this hard tissue is lost, it’s incredibly costly, traumatic and painful to replace, if at all!”Then there’s the fact that wearing dentures compromises the success of alternative treatmentsolutions, such as dental implants. But we’ll save that for Part 2 of this article series.Stay Tuned for Part 2To read more about what Colorado Springs dentists have to say about the real price ofremovable partial and full dentures, stay tuned for the second installment of this four-partarticle series.