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Partial Dentures and Long-term Savings

September 28, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Nick Schulte
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This expression has special significance in the world of dentistry. For example, your dentist in St. Paul, MN, will undoubtedly advocate for regular check-ups and routine maintenance when speaking about your teeth.

The truth behind this position is that most tooth problems are progressive, meaning they start small and, if gone unaddressed, grow into larger and larger problems that require more intervention and care.

At Brimhall Dentistry, we are dedicated to preserving your natural teeth while simultaneously providing treatment solutions for instances where teeth have been lost. And the first misconception we’d like to dispel is once we remove a tooth, the problem is solved. The truth is that after a tooth is lost, more issues can develop due to your tooth’s absence.

How Do Partial Dentures in St. Paul, MN Help?

In some ways, losing a tooth is like losing a link in a chain. Though you may still bite and chew with less than a full mouth of teeth, your teeth still rely on each other for structure and support. So, where gaps persist, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift towards the opening, causing misalignment and other problems.

By filling the spaces left by one or more missing teeth, partial dentures support your surrounding natural teeth and prevent their movement.

How Care Equals Cost Savings

But to understand how this can save you money, you should realize that once your teeth have begun to shift, they are more likely to become loose themselves. The more teeth you lose, the more money you’ll spend on care and restorations.

Here is an example of how avoiding care can hurt your pocketbook. When you have a small cavity, your dentist can treat it with a filling done in one sitting with relatively little discomfort.

But once the cavity causes too much decay for a filling to repair, your tooth could require a crown and a possible root canal to correct the problem. Most crowns need at least two appointments to install, and root canals add significant costs, maybe two or three times what it costs to treat a cavity.

But it can get even worse. If you don’t treat in time for a crown restoration, you likely will lose your tooth and need a dental implant or a partial denture, each of which has more parts and requirements than a dental crown alone. And if the condition progresses further, you could experience bone loss and other tooth damage that may require expensive surgery and considerable loss of time.

Brimhall Dentistry Can Help Save You Money

So if you have tooth loss issues that a partial denture or other restoration could help, you will profit nothing by waiting. So instead, give our friendly staff a call to set up a consultation today.

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