Help me! It’s bad enough that I have to have dentures at my age. I’m only 50. But, now that I’ve got them I’m in despair. They look horrible. I lost my teeth due to some rather severe domestic abuse. I’ve left the abuser. I’ve taken a lot in my life, but this seems too much to bear. My teeth used to be beautiful. Now, not only does my face look weird due to the way my broken cheekbone healed, but my teeth look plastic. Can this be fixed?
You have been through so much. This certainly shouldn’t be an additional burden on your shoulders. Let me tell you how brave you are to get away. I know that was extraordinarily difficult and you must have been terrified.
Up front, I want to assure you that you can have a beautiful smile again. But, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to do it with this dentist. Dentures can be done beautifully, but they have to be done by an expert and artistic cosmetic dentist. In order to find one, I suggest you look on the mynewsmile.com website. They recommend only the best cosmetic dentists in each area. You just input your zip code and the amount of miles you’re willing to travel and then they’ll provide a list of some fantastic dentists who can give you a stunning smile.
While I truly hate to add to your worries, there something you need to be made aware of in case your dentist hasn’t warned you, especially at your young age. And, yes, fifty is definitely young! When your teeth are removed, your body reabsorbs the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere. It recognizes your body no longer has to support the roots of your teeth and tries to efficiently use the minerals elsewhere.
The big problem with that is in about ten or more years you won’t have enough jawbone left to support your dentures. You’ll essentially be a dental cripple with no way to chew solid food. This process is known as facial collapse. Before you panic, there is a solution. It’s actually ideal that you’re not satisfied with your dentures because if you’re going to get a refund, you can use that money for a better treatment for someone in your situation.
In your place, I’d check around for a dentist who has expertise in both cosmetics and dental implants. The benefit with dental implants, as the name implies, is it implants a prosthetic tooth root in your jawbone. Now, your body will leave the minerals in place and you have no need to worry about facial collapse. After a period of healing, the implants will be topped with dental crowns. With the artistry of the right dentist, the implant crowns can be gorgeous. You’ll be more than pleased. In fact, the many of the best cosmetic dentists have a beautiful smile guarantee.
Dental implants do cost more than dentures. I’d like you to get in touch with the Give Back a Smile Foundation. Many dentists donate their time to victims of domestic abuse through this organization. I don’t know that it will cover the entire expense, but it will at least defray some. It’s possible they’ll cover what dentures would cost and you’d just have to make up the difference between the cost of that and the implants.
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