Diamond teeth are a particularly high-profile issue for those who need to replace them, but they are often the least expensive and the most important, according to the American Academy of Orthodontics.
Diamond teeth cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000, but the average cost for a first-time patient is less than $300.
To make matters worse, many of the people who need first-tough teeth can’t afford them.
“It’s like the gold standard,” said Dr. Michael Krumm, director of the Institute of Oral Health at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.
“You can’t get a tooth that’s the same color as the gold in the same toothbrush.”
That means that the average patient will need to spend more than $200 for their first denture.
“If you’re getting the dental implants that you can afford to pay for and you can get them done by the time you’re 50, you’re probably better off having them done sooner than later,” Krump said.
“And that’s a real big investment, not just for the person but for the future.”
Some people who are at risk of getting cracked or damaged can even be required to go without dentures altogether.
“When you go to the dentist, you know that the risk of complications is a lot higher than if you go with a drill or a drill bit, which can be less expensive,” Kramm said.
And the teeth themselves can be hard to get right.
“Dentures are the ones that you have to be very careful with,” Kraumm said, adding that dentures can be difficult to get.
“They don’t sit perfectly flat on your toothbrush.
They can be a little too low in your gum.”
The good news is that if you do decide to use a drill, the drill can be quite effective at fixing the problem, but Kruml said the drill won’t be as efficient as a dental implant.
“The drill is just a tiny bit more expensive than the implant,” he said.
Another problem with a dental drill is that it requires a dentist to insert a tiny hole in your jaw to get the teeth into the cavity.
That can be annoying for people who have trouble swallowing, Krummo said.
The other problem is that most dental implants can’t hold a denture in place.
Krumbmo said he’d prefer a dentist’s implant, which could be attached to a permanent, removable tooth, instead.
He also said a dental device can be more efficient than a drill for the same price.
“In terms of teeth, you can do a dental repair with the implant and you don’t need the drill,” he told ABC News.
“I think you should go with the drill.”
But that’s not always easy.
A lot of people have trouble keeping their teeth in place on their gums, Krammo said, which may be a factor in people not wanting to spend so much on dentures.
The second biggest issue with a dentist is that they can only do a few operations per day, which are not always possible on the same day.
“One of the things that we’ve seen in the United States is that people who don’t have the right kind of implants are just not going to have access to the kinds of operations that we need,” Kralm said of people who may be having problems with their dental implants.
“We don’t want to be looking at people who can’t make the appointment.”
And then there’s the problem of who can actually afford a dental procedure.
“A lot of dentists are very concerned about who’s going to be able to afford it,” Kruumm told ABC.
“There are a lot of patients who may not have insurance, or there may be very, very high deductibles.”
In a survey of more than 6,500 people, the National Foundation for Dental Health found that about 40 percent of patients didn’t have insurance.
“Most people don’t know that there are people out there that don’t even have insurance that can afford a second surgery,” Krop said.
But some dentists do offer a discount on their dentures, so people with lower incomes may be able find a dentist that will do a dentures for them for $200.
“With a little bit of luck, it may even work out that you’re in a situation where you can find a dental surgeon that’s going for a discount,” Krahm said about a discount denture that is the same as or cheaper than a dental transplant.
But if that’s all you can manage, Krasm said that you might have to wait longer to have your dentures replaced, especially if your teeth have been broken.
“Even if your dentist can get it done at a fraction of the cost of a second implant, it’s not going’t be long,”