Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dentists in Colorado Springs Talk About Dentures and the Price Patients Really Pay to Wear Them, PART 3

This four-part article series discusses the problems, challenges and repeat expenses associated with denture wearing, some of them as serious and potentially fatal as malnutrition.

Welcome back to our four-part article series on the real cost of removable dentures. So far, we have looked at the inability of dentures to promote a healthy jawbone and the resultant aesthetic and functional problems. In this article, the third installment of the series, qualified and experienced dentists in Colorado Springs will discuss some of the daily challenges and repeat expenses involved in wearing removable dentures.

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Removable Dentures and Daily Costs

Most patients choose dentures because they’d rather pay a few hundred dollars to have their teeth replaced than a few thousand. While dental implants are initially the more expensive option, dentures - in the long run - end up costing far more! Dental implants typically offer a one-time solution to edentulism and near-edentulism; one that can last several decades without the need for any additional restorative work or expense. Dentures, on the other hand, require refitting every few years or so, which costs money every single time. This is not even to mention the amount of money patients will spend on related products, such as:

  • Anesthetic gels, to alleviate the pain caused by dentures rubbing against the gums and palate.
  • Soaking solutions, to store dentures in overnight.
  • Specialized cleaning pastes to wash dentures with after meals and at nighttime.
  • Adhesive strips to prevent slippage and help keep dentures stabilized in the mouth.

These expenses are daily and all of the costs add up in the long term. But perhaps the greatest cost of all is the fact that, ultimately, a denture wearer will have lost such a significant volume of their jawbone that dentures no longer offer a viable teeth replacement solution. Ironically, the only option left to them then is to have dental implants placed after they’ve undergone jawbone grafting surgery, which is expensive and invasive.

It makes far more sense to choose a teeth replacement solution that will serve you – and serve you well – in the long run; one that doesn’t require repeated costs to be covered and a substantial compromise on quality of life. Just look at the following statistics provided by dentists in Pueblo CO:

  • The success rate of single tooth replacement using dental implants is an incredible 98% and can last 20, 30 years and longer if cared for properly.

  • An entire upper and/or lower arch of replacement teeth supported by dental implants has a 95% success rate with little evidence of bone loss in the jaw over a period of 10 years.

Removable Dentures and the Daily Grind

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If you think that having a set of dentures placed will solve all of your oral problems, think again! Here are just a few of the daily challenges involved in wearing false teeth:

  • Dentures harbor food debris and bacteria, which is not only incredibly unhygienic; it can also cause chronic bad breath. Denture wearers need to be good about removing their teeth after meals and giving them a thorough clean.

  • Dentures are very bulky and because they cover the soft palate, they can actually trigger the gag reflex of more sensitive patients.

  • Dentures impede one’s ability to taste their food properly. They also compromise temperature and texture sensation, which makes mealtimes rather bland and uninteresting.

There’s more, but you’ll have to wait for Part 4 to find out!

Stay Tuned for Part 4

To read more about what dentists in Colorado Springs have to say about the real price of removable dentures, stay tuned for the fourth and final installment of this four-part article series.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Oral Surgeons in Colorado Springs Talk About Dentures and the Price Patients Really Pay to Wear Them, PART 2

This four-part article series discusses the problems, challenges and repeat expenses associated with denture wearing, some of them as serious and potentially fatal as malnutrition.

Welcome to the second installment of our four-part article series in which we present to you the wisdom of oral surgeons in Colorado Springs on the subject of teeth replacement using removable dentures. In this series, we will endeavor to delve deep into the crippling challenges and problems associated with wearing dentures. We will also highlight and explain why dental implants are the preferred choice of teeth replacement specialists across the country. It is the aim of these articles to convince patients of the merit of making a proper investment in their oral health, bite function and smile aesthetics by choosing the more sophisticated solution to missing teeth.

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A Brief Recap of Part 1

In our first installment, we introduced the biggest problem associated with denture wearing: accelerated bone loss in the jaw. Your teeth play a fundamental role in keeping the jawbone alive and stimulated. Without them, the bone tissue atrophies and shrinks, causing problems, such as:

  • The periodic need to have dentures refitted, the costs of which add up in the long run. After 5 years, 60% of denture patients typically have to have their false teeth refitted. Not a great testimonial for utility and value, is it?
  • The premature aging of one’s natural youthful facial contours, and one we didn’t get to in our last article.
  • Compromised Success of Alternative Treatment: Bone loss in the jaw compromises a patient’s candidacy for other teeth replacement solutions, namely dental implants. Wearing dentures can actually leave a patient in a position where their mouths can no longer support dentures, but at the same time they are not candidates for Colorado Springs dental implants.

In these positions, patients are either looking at bone grafting surgery, which is expensive, invasive, painful and can take many months of healing before new teeth can be placed. Or, they literally face a life without any teeth at all. Most elderly denture wearer’s simply throw the towel in and it’s in these cases that malnutrition can become a severe problem. In fact, denture wearing is thought to reduce one’s life expectancy by a shocking 10 years!

How do you possibly put a price on that?

Removable Dentures and Bite Functionality

Dentures, as a teeth replacement, are supposed to help patients eat as normally as possible given the circumstances. And while they may initially achieve this goal, the steady loss of bone volume in the jaw causes all sorts of functional problems. For one, dentures become loose over time and can be difficult to eat with. Additionally, dentures rest upon the gums and rub against the palate, which can get very sore and inflamed from all abuse it takes during eating (see image below of the oral sores caused by dentures).

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Dental implants, on the other hand, are supported entirely and directly by the underlying jawbone, as is the case with natural teeth. Because they don’t rest on or rub against the gums, dental implants feel far more natural and comfortable and don’t cause any of those traditional denture problems. Oral discomfort is a critical problem when it comes to eating. In fact, 50% of denture wearers say they eat better without their false teeth!

Perhaps most shocking of all is a comparison of bite strength between a patient with a complete set of natural teeth (200 lbs/inch sq.), a denture wearer of a few years (50 lbs/inch sq.) and a denture wearer of 15 years (6 lbs/inch sq.) In other words, wearing dentures for 15 years reduces your bite strength by 97%! That leaves you with a very limited diet, indeed! An estimated 30% of denture wearers can only eat soft foods.

Dental Implants in Colorado Springs: Stay Tuned for Part 3

To read more about what oral surgeons in Colorado Springs have to say about the real price of removable dentures, stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Colorado Springs Dentists Talk About Dentures and the Price Patients Really Pay to Wear Them, PART 1

This four-part article series discusses the problems, challenges and repeat expenses associated with denture wearing, some of them as serious and potentially fatal as malnutrition.

Removable dentures have long been the teeth replacement technology of choice for patients who 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 offer the best solution! With the ceaseless development of sophisticated dental implant technology and surgical protocols, specially trained and experienced Colorado Springs dentists are able to offer more and more edentulous and near-edentulous patients a brand new set of teeth that are fixed, non-removable and far more functional, durable and aesthetic than removable dentures.

Why Do People Still Opt for Removable Dentures?

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The question then is: why do people still choose removable dentures? Unfortunately, most patients can’t see the benefits beyond the greater initial price tag for dental implants. Short and long term benefits aside, they would rather pay a few hundred dollars to have dentures placed than a few thousand to have dental implants placed. What these patients aren’t aware of is the fact that dentures come with their own hidden costs and repeat expenses that, in the long 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 toll on 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 problems and challenges associated with denture wearing. At the same time, they will compare this archaic technology with newer methods of teeth replacement and explain how and why dental implants 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 Loss

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Your 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. The roots of your teeth are responsible for “exercising” the jaw and they do this by transmitting all the forces associating with biting, grinding and chewing directly into the underlying bone tissue. Removable full or partial dentures only replace the visible portion of missing teeth - the crowns - allowing the jaw to atrophy and waste away from disuse. Wearing dentures actually accelerates 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!”

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Then there’s the fact that wearing dentures compromises the success of alternative treatment solutions, such as dental implants. But we’ll save that for Part 2 of this article series.

Stay Tuned for Part 2

To read more about what Colorado Springs dentists have to say about the real price of removable partial and full dentures, stay tuned for the second installment of this four-part article series.