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Being Prepared

Sometimes bad news just hits you when you least expect it. This was not one of these times. I had an inkling that this was going to be an expensive dentist visit. However, I was hoping I was wrong. But a full set of X-rays that is more like a cat scan proved that I was right. As you can see by the treatment plan above, it will be expensive. 

I woke up a few days ago with an aching tooth and gum. I knew it was one of the ones supporting my bridge. For those who don’t know, a few years back I paid  thousands of dollars for this bridge. I have spent many thousands since every time something went wrong. I never ever wanted to have a partial denture. So Hubby has been more than willing to pay for all of this.

However yesterday, things changed. The root canal supporting this tooth has gone south and the tooth is cracked under the gum. Hence my bridge is moving.

So wanting to know every thing that could be done, I spent 2 hours at the dentist’s office discussing my options. Option number one: Pull 4 teeth(those that support the bridge) and replace them with 4 implants and have a new bridge made. Approximate total cost: $25,000.

Option number two: The one pictured. Have 4 teeth extracted and get a partial denture. This involves a temporary partial while my mouth and gums heal. Then a permanent partial will replace the temporary. This could take up to 4 months. Approximate total cost: $ 4808. 

As much as I have never wanted a partial denture, I told my dentist after we discussed everything that I was not willing to spend $25,000. on option one. I informed him that I am up there in age and I do not want to put thousands more into my mouth. I told him I would pay $25,000. for a car in cash but not that amount into my mouth. He still tried to convince me but I stood my ground. And as you can see, I got a quote for the partial denture work in writing. 

I allowed the dentist to take the molds yesterday so that the temporary can be made at the lab. Then I told him that I would go home and discuss everything with Hubby and give them a call with our decision so that he could send the molds out to the lab and let them know to make the temporary partial. 

I drove home and sat down with Hubby to give him the options. I told him option one first. He sat patiently and listened. Then I showed him option number two. Instead of offering his opinion, he said to me what do you want to do. I told him I am going to get the partial because I don’t want to spend another $25,000. on my teeth. I told him that we had spent enough with the bridge and fixing every thing that went wrong.  I told him that I am tired of running to the dentist all of the time and putting that money out.  I told him that I wish I had decided on the partial denture way back when. After listening, he said, “Are you sure? We have the money for the implants and bridge if you want to go that route.” I told him thank you but I just don’t feel at my age that I want to put $25,000. into my teeth. So I called the dentist and let them know to send the molds to the lab for the partial. 

I know it will take some getting used to. I know nothing about dentures or how to take care of it. I do know that the dentures of today are not like the old metal ones. Technology has done a lot for dentures. So hopefully, I will get used to it.

I tell you all of this, not to bore you, but to tell you this is my real life. The moral of this story is that you always have to be prepared for things that happen that will be costly. I have seen people in our town walking around with no teeth. I never wanted to be in that position. But I can understand how that could happen if you haven’t saved for retirement knowing that you will have no dental insurance. Although dental insurance would not pay much on this bill anyhow. So when you saving for your retirement, be sure to assess what you might need for dental as you get older.

So as much as the cost of this pains me, I know that we can pay cash for it. Do I hate putting even the $ 4808. out for this? Yes but I am happy that we planned ahead and we can do it.

If anyone has had an experience with their own dentures or a parents, I would like to ask a question. Do I need to buy something to soak the denture in? How about to clean it? I forgot to ask the dentist yesterday. I am sure that he will tell me all that when I go in two weeks for the 4 extractions and to get my temporary partial. But being that I like to be prepared, I would like to research the cost of those products and accumulate some coupons. So if anyone knows, please leave a comment.

Changing the subject, here are our meals from yesterday:

Breakfast: Hubby made omelets with diced ham, red peppers, onion, and shredded cheese.

Lunch: None because I was at the dentist. Hubby had a turkey wrap.

Dinner: 6 inch subs from Subway. I did not feel like cooking after my draining day. We had three Free coupons for 6 inch subs. I used one coupon to pay because that is all they allow at one time. I paid $5.09 including tax from our entertainment budget for the other.  The two that are left will get used for other meals.   

Today is another day! Let’s hope it is a good one for each and every one of you!

15 replies on “Being Prepared”

As someone who has had a partial denture for over a decade, I can tell you that you do get used to it. The downside is that sometimes small bits of food can get trapped beneath the dentures, but at home, you can always remove, floss or brush, rinse, and replace in private. Yes, you buy Polident or a similar product, which is a Denture soak/cleaner, from any supermarket or pharmacy. In boxes of 40 or 90 tablets, which are dissovable in warm or hot water, and to which you add your dentures at night, in a suitable covered container to soak and clean. You should be able to find coupons for denture cleaning tablets easily. I hope this helps.

Hi Roberta,

Thanks for all of this info. I appreciate all the info you gave me. I am quite nervous about this and the fact that you say, you get used to the partial denture is music to my ears. I actually have Equate Denture tablets that I use to clean the toilets in our home. I think they are the same as Polident. I will be checking that out so I may be ahead of the game.

Goodness what a day you had. I will be up for some major dental work soon. As you at age 68 do not want to put lots of money in dental work. With insurance my husband has partials after many failed root canals spent thousands of dollars and your right insurance did not help much. He soaks his dentures nightly in denture cleaner we get generic and dentist gave him brush to clean. Good luck. Joyce

Hi Joyce,

I wish you the best of luck with your major dental work. I know that it is not fun. I know what you have been through with your husband. Thanks for the info on the denture cleaner. We will see what my dentist gives me if anything.

That is a horrible choice. But, it is wonderful that your husband is willing to do the best for you and gives you the choice. I need an d want one implant. Aside from not being able to afford it, I would be afraid I would be allergic and have a reaction, plus an infection. "Lack of teeth is the number one indicator of poverty." A fact often quoted, not my thought.

My dh just retired on Monday and after years of not going to the dentist, I made him go. He needs 6 crowns and thank goodness they started two before he retired and 3 more will be done this month with cobra. Surprisingly he has no decay. Cheryl

Hi Cheryl,

That was a smart move on your part. Hubby and I did the same before we retired. However being retired for 17 years, many things have happened since.

You and I are the same age, and I am also facing a very similar dental problem. It is fast approaching the time that I will also have to make a decision about what to do. I am not comfortable with the thought and price of dental implants, so this is probably not the route that I will go. Wishing you all the best with your dental situation. I can truly sympathize. Penny S.

I had a partial for years, now I have complete dentures. Soak them in a denture cup nightly with a cleaning tablet. Will not lie the appliance does take getting used to. Start out with soft foods, do not get frustrated. It will take time for you to heal. Make it a point to always eat with the partial. If you ever do need to use an adhesive opt for the powder type. Hope you do well!

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