We’ve all heard about Washington’s wooden dentures. But what most people don’t know is that they weren’t actually made of wood.
George Washington wore many dentures throughout the course of his life, none of which were made from the porcelain and acrylic we have today. Washington’s dentures were primarily made from hippopotamus ivory, lead, gold plate, and teeth from cows, horses, and possibly some of his own slaves.
Like George Washington, you may not be thrilled at the prospect of losing teeth. But happily, we have much more comfortable and attractive denture options available today.
Take Care Of Your Denture!
One of George Washington’s dentists had to reprimand him on how much port wine he consumed – he was evidently drinking enough to be staining his dentures.
If you have a denture, you certainly expect it to serve you well while you eat. Just remember to clean it daily, scrubbing and soaking it to avoid stain and bacteria accumulation.
Make Your Natural Teeth Last
Washington had his last natural tooth pulled at 60 years of age (mind you, that was without any anesthetic!). Most folks today can expect to keep more teeth than that when they turn 60, thanks to improvements in dentistry. Emphasis on fluoride and preventative care have also made a big difference in the life expectancy of a person’s smile.
You have to do your part to make your teeth last as long as possible. Daily brushing and flossing are essential, even if you don’t have many teeth left. Get more tips from your dentist on how to save your natural teeth.
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Dentistry of Kingwood
1520 Greek Oak Pl, Suite B
Kingwood, TX 77339
After hearing you need dentures, it can be hard to know where you should start.
Don’t just settle for the cheapest price you see advertised on the Internet. Before making a decision, make sure you understand how to get the best value for your budget. In many cases, there are hidden costs involved that you might not know about.
When Cheaper Is Not Better
Be wary of deals that sound “too good to be true.”
They probably are.
Dentistry is not cheap, so a shockingly low price indicates a lack of quality materials.
What’s more, that price tag may seem reasonable, but don’t forget about the other expenses associated with getting a denture:
Benefits Of A Quality Denture
Starting at about $800, you have a wide variety of denture options that can help you strike a balance between quality and cost.
A quality denture can give you:
You’ll find the best deal on dentures just by taking your time to look around.
Visit your dentist to learn what kind of tooth replacement appliance you need. Once you know what to look for, it’s easier to get an idea of the price. You may consider visiting a denture provider in another area because the economy allows for lower prices there.
Financial Help For Dentures
Look into government financial aid programs to see if you qualify. Additionally, most dental offices offer CareCredit or in-office financing to make the treatment you need more accessible. Ask your dentist about these options.
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Albuquerque, NM 87112
Not all “fake” teeth are one and the same. Like other dental procedure, dentures vary in price and quality.
Everyone wants a good deal. How can you find cheap or affordable dentures of good quality?
Who Will You See?
Where you start your search will affect the final cost. A prosthodontist is an expert who specializes in dentures. Many general dentists offer dentures of a good quality at a lower rate.
Whoever you visit make sure you ask questions about the breakdown of cost, what materials are used, and whether full or partial dentures are right for you. It’s okay to shop around and get different opinions!
Get Them Made Right The First Time
Basically, you get what you pay for. Going cheaper usually means sacrificing quality in terms of the materials used.
A higher price tag includes important features like a warranty for years (in the event of an accident) and a number of complimentary visits for fine-tuning. It might sound higher-end in the short-term, but it could really pay off down the road!
How Will You Pay?
Before agreeing to a quoted price, make sure you check with your insurance for any denture benefits.
Contact your local community health centers, Medicaid, and your local health department to find out what benefits are available in area. It’s much better to gather all your resources this way than to settle for a low-quality arrangement that could only cause you problems down the road.
Get the Most Out of Your Denture
The best way to get every penny out of your denture is to take care of it and make sure it continues to fit properly. Worn, damaged dentures can do you more harm than good. Contact your local dentist for more tips on denture shopping.
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Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
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