I need a second opinion. I’ve been wearing a two dental flipper for the last few years. My childhood dentist said when I was a little older I’d want to get dental implants. I’ve reached the age he suggested. I think he said my jaw needed to stop growing first. I’ve been calling around for affordable dental implants, because I’m a young adult with no parents so money doesn’t come easily. I did want a dentist who was known for good cosmetic work. He was. But, when I had my consultary appointment he said in order to have dental implants that matched, I’d need four porcelain veneers. One on either side of the two front teeth that need implants in order for them to match. If that’s really necessary I guess there’s nothing I can do about it. But, I won’t be able to get the implants any time soon. I’ll need to save up until I can also afford the veneers too. I’m disappointed because the flippers are a tad annoying.
Maddie R. – North Carolina
I have good news and bad news for you. First, the good news. You can definitely get dental implants without porcelain veneers. Now for the bad news. You’ll likely need to find another dentist to do it. You may have heard this dentist is good with cosmetics but I can assure you he’s not. I can tell you that just based on your comments above.
A good cosmetic dentist is able to match a single implant on a single tooth to the rest of your teeth. This dentist needs to give you a set of six restorations. That’s because he doesn’t have the skill to properly match them and will be making all six similar so it looks like he’s matched them.
I can understand why you find the flippers annoying. They’re meant to be temporary tooth replacements. Your childhood dentist was right to give them to you though. Your jaw did need to fully develop before you had implants placed. Though now that you’re ready, why stick with the temporaries?
Dental implants are much nicer tooth replacements. They’ll feel much like your natural teeth did before you lost them. They’re much more comfortable than the flippers too.
Be careful in finding “affordable dental implants“. You don’t want to confuse cheap with affordable. If you get a dentist who is less than skilled or who cuts corners to save money and increase his profits. That can end up costing you a small fortune both financially and with your health.
Because you want these replacements to last the rest of your life, I’d focus on finding a great dentist with a lot of training in successful cases in implants. Almost every dentist is willing to work with patients on payments.
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