A Personal Story: New Dentures Not in Budget – Pamela, Lebanon

Pamela is 70 and lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire. “I’ve had dentures for 45 years, and they are the porcelain ones, and I am reluctant of even considering the new materials.” But Pamela’s dentures don’t fit as well as when she was younger so she is not able to chew as well as she used to. Pamela explains that over time the dentures get ground down, and that your gums shrink as you age, making a new set necessary. “I can’t bite like a grinder or a pizza, everything has to be cut up in little pieces … new dentures sure would be nice.” Pamela isn’t sure whether or not she can afford a new set: “I have not checked into the cost of a new set of dentures. 45 years ago, my set cost $250. Figuring inflation, I’m quite sure it’s out of my budget, and I hate to waste the dentist’s time.”

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