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I am 25 year old male using using dentures for last 7 years for front two teethes on upper jaws. I came to know about implants few days back.I am willing to have rot implants but can't afford right now.Can i wait for one more year to be able to pay for that and use new set of dentures till then or it will be risky as i have heard bones get deteriorated and i might loss bone mass to support implants.I have good health condition and i don't drink,somke neither use any tobbaco products.

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Hello Prashant,

A couple of thoughts regarding your question to wait a year and continue to use dentures, or do implants.

Since you are only 25 and very young, I think you would be much happier with the implants sooner as opposed to later.

You are correct in stating that a couple of implants could be very expensive.  First I would find a reputable BOARD CERTIFIED PROSTHODONTIST.  Second, have him (or her) look at you and provide a quote for the entire job.  Most dentists will negotiate a price for all of the work.  Third....AFTER you have the quote, ask about dividing up the cost into 12, 18 or 24 payments.

It is very important that you get the Quote for ALL of the work, before talking about a payment plan.  It's like buying a car.  You want to know the price of the car first, before agreeing to monthly payments.  And if you have ever bought a car, then you would know that the reason behind all of this is that financing and payment plans should not be used as an excuse for your dentist to charge more.

Don't feel you have to go for the cheapest dentist either.  It is smarter to pay a little bit more for quality work.

And it also goes without saying that if you have dental insurance, it will be of little value to you.  If this work would even be covered in the first place, there would still typically be a $1,000.00 cap on what the insurance will pay.  But don't despair, just use your negotiating skills as stated above and I think you will be able to get the job done.

Thank you for your question.

Best regards,
Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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College Graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree

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