Am I totally crazy to spend over $13,000.00. I am told will be the the best replacement for my original teeth, without getting all implants.

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Is there anyone who can make me feel that I am not totally crazy to spend over $13,000.00 for what I am told will be the the best replacement for my original teeth, without getting all implants. I don't know anything about dentures except that the few people that I have known that had dentures only put them in when it was absolutly necessary and removed them ASAP. I hoped that I could be comforable wearing the dentures and would be able to continue to use my mouth without major difficulties. Does cost really effect the quality of the experience, as well as the finished product. Do I have to spend so much to get a quality experience and finished product? I have been to 2 dentists and it seems that if I try to go cheaper (there is alot of surgery involved) that I will be regretting it forever. Any thoughts or advice?
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George Krombs

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TJ

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Honestly, that number sounds pretty close to what I was quoted before they got with my insurance company and whittled it down significantly.  Yes, its a lot of money no matter how you cut it but what value do you put on your own quality of life?

As far as the denture "experience", people's opinions vary wildly - some of us are pretty pleased with the end results while there are others who are exactly the opposite and a whole bunch of people that land in between.
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Thank you for the reply. I am so glad I found this site. It's nice to get feedback from others who have been through it. Thanks again, George
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Hi George, I had been quoted around 20,000. I shopped around a bit. But discouraging. Some wanted to save my teeth, although I had lost a few. Some said my gums were not strong enough for implants. I found dentist that gave me deal with 11,000. But. That was still out of ballpark. So they did for 7,000. But,I would have to make due with the immediates and not get the permanents. Which is ok... But, if you are unsure, you might check with dentists in your area that have free consultation. Explain that you'd like their opinion. They may give you a break to get your business and you can see what other dentists are offering. And if you like them. I ask other patients sometimes in waiting room...in a nice way...how long they've been going there, like doctor, etc. But not saying to run all over. I will be paying on my dentures another 5 years. It is a big step. If you find a dentist you like and they don't take your insurance, then see which one they take. Maybe you can get that insurance. I didn't do that...they gave me a discount at dentist for having insurance...but I rushed in. I do wish I had taken another month, but I got giddy when I found doctor that would do for under 20k. But, once you make your decision, and it's done, it feels real good to have it behind you. Mind don't fit right...cause of my jaw. But my mouth is healthy and I feel good about that. Get opinions on this sight...everyone is different. I should add that after the fact, when they gave me the discount, it took away some follow up treatment that I didn't know I would need until I came on this site
They didn't explain that. And although the dentist was nice, it apparently came down to money. I'm still glad I got it done though.
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Thank you, You have given me some ideas to try. My surgery is scheduled for August 21st so I have a little time to investigate.
The Dental group I went to is ASPEN. They are a big practice that specialize in Dentures and Implants. I would be getting 2 implants on the lower to anchor the plate to. They are also offering 18 month interest free financing. It's just really scary. Thanks again,
George
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Without getting into another "Slam Provider X" discussion, I'd highly encourage you to explore your options with private providers.  For example, my local dentist/oral surgeon came in at roughly the same price as I was looking at with two of the larger "Dentist in a box" chains.  CareCredit is accepted at a lot of those smaller providers as well.

Again, this is not meant to be a knock on ANY provider and is a personal opinion.
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I think u should get more opinions about the surgery.  Is the surgery to remove and then replace with dentures?  If you have good bone I think u will have a better fit.  If u can save any teeth a partial is the best so it would snap in.  Dentures are different for everyone.  Get more options.  Once u pull there is no going back. 
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Leeann Beattie

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I hope everything works out for you I went to aspen too I I got two partials and surgery. I am happy with them. My bill was 7000. Good luck
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I got my lowers extracted, immediate denture, and a set of perms, both plates for $4200 cash at Aspen Dental. The only issue I had with this otherwise great office was they didn't offer nitrous, only iv sedation, so I only had locals. Key word here was cash. You never know what price the dentist might give you if he doesn't have to process insurance. It worked in my case.
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I went to Affordable Dentures (no Aspen in my area). I had to have bone work, bone grafts, and 19 teeth extracted. I paid for the "Premium" package which includes adjustments and relines for 6 months. At 6 months I'll get my permanent (hopefully much thinner and better) dentures. I paid $6700. More was for the bone work and extractions than anything. I can't say much about the quality as I'm only a couple weeks out. They removed my teeth very efficiently and so far my dentures are holding well. 

Reality says you get what you pay for. If you have insurance and a private dentist you'd like to see, I strongly recommend it. 
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I think you would be foolish to spend so much on dentures.  I am assuming most of the cost is the extractions.  But I will confine myself to the cost of dentures only.  The most important factor is finding a laboratory that is really good at making dentures.  I now only go to a practice that specialises in dentures and has a laboratory attached.  This I have found ensures well fitting dentures which are really functional.  I also think most premium dentures are a bit of a con and that the guideline "you pay for what you get" does not necessarily apply.  I pay the US dollar equivalent of about $1000 for my dentures and I would not think of paying more.  I am very satisfied with my dentures and I think they look natural (or as natural as dentures can be).

As for extractions of all your teeth, anything over the $3000 to $4000 range would be quite steep to me.

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If you’re going to spend that kind of money I would look into the snap in dentures. Not full implants but better than basic dentures. The lower denture is a nightmare even if it’s the best fitting one ever made.

Exhaust all options and do your research!

I thought I’d be able to cope with full upper and lower dentures, but I’m living a life that’s not fun because of dentures. I’ll be borrowing against my retirement to pay for the implants.

Good luck and best wishes on your journey!
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Good point!!! I opted to wait until I get use to these full upper dentures for about 2 years, and bc the surgery took a lot out of me .. but very good point!! I wouldn't do the mini implants either. Go with traditional implant retained dentures. I am going to be spending $7k on implants alone... not even with the denture... the denture around here where I'm located costs $5500 and up...
If you're going out of the state's, you should be getting a great deal to do the implants.