Are you getting dentures for the first time and want to know what to expect? Read my story; I may throw in some humor, too!
Don't Be Afraid of Getting Dentures
Getting Dentures For The First Time
If you need or are thinking about getting dentures and want to know what to expect, I may be able to help you through the steps. Since I've been through it myself, I understand the concern, fear and anxiety.
Please note: I do try to be a little funny in this article as I felt I needed to lighten things up. Although the horrible and nightmarish things I say could be true for some of you, it will all be worth it in the end.
One thing to remember is that not everyone will go through the same steps and the process may vary; at least you can get the gist of it.
On a serious note, there may be certain reasons for needing a set of dentures. Some of you may want them only for a cosmetic issue. There are others who may need to because of a health issue, such as: gum disease, crooked teeth that may be cutting your cheek, you can't eat, are in pain, etc.
You must remember that if your mouth is full of infection, it can enter your bloodstream and cause very serious problems. Getting a set of dentures could be necessary to maintain your overall health.
Finding A Dentist and How Much Do Dentures Cost?
The first thing you should probably do is check around for estimates. If you do have dental insurance, make sure they are in the preferred network; if they aren't, you could be paying a larger portiongiving you some information; that's the way that ours went.
You can either go to your Dentist, if he does make dentures, or you can go to a Dental clinic. I had insurance so I went to my local dentist. Keep in mind: you may have to see an oral surgeon as well if you have hard to remove teeth that are in impacted, infected, or broken off.
There are some clinics that do not accept insurance; they only accept cash payments; usually they are substantially lower in price. I believe it's important to tell you though, most insurances cover only 50% of the actual dentures and pay 70 to 80% per extraction of your teeth; check with your actual plan as this is just the average and it will vary.