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  • Two implants vs partial?: I had my farthest back bottom molar removed due to a cracked root, etc. The tooth next to the molar removed is missing. Before the last molar had to be removed, I had a bridge which covered three teeth (the 3rd tooth capped). Would you recommend getting two implants to replace the last two teeth or a partial denture? I am aware of the expense. ... Visitor from Leitchfield     (answer)

  • I'm 44 years old and am missing a number of upper and lower teeth due to poor dental work. I also have a crown on one of my upper front teeth. I don't think I can afford as many implants as I probably need, so are dentures a good option for somebody my age? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Upper denture vs implants: My denturist recommends I stay with Dentures for my upper teeth as I have too much bone to give enough room for implants. My upper dentures are stable but I am 70 years old and I am concerned about a lot of shrinkage in the future. ... Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • Stay with regular dentures or implants? I am 55 years old and have had an upper denture since I was 13. The dentist told my parents it would be cheaper than braces and my teeth were crooked. I have 8 of my own teeth on the bottom and have only had 2 cavities in those same 42 years of wearing my denture. My dentist told me that I should consider getting implants on top to help maintain my bone or I will be toothless in a few years. After seeing 3 different implant specialists, it's clear I will need major bone grafting plus the implants. I am content with my dentures now and they fit well. Do I really need to "fear" being toothless if I don't do implants? And would I really not be able to wear my upper for weeks during healing? ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I have worn dentures since I was 18 yrs old now I'm 65. I have no bone except a very narrow bone left on the bottom and not much more on the top. The last dentures that were made for me were flat on the bottom and I cant't keep them in my mouth. What is the answer for this type of problem? ... Visitor from OK     (answer)

  • Partials cause teeth to rot: I am 26 years old. A little over 3 years ago I had all but 6 teeth removed. I got a full upper denture and lower partial. The lower partial caused my lower teeth to begin to rot away. I would like to get the remaining teeth removed and full dental implants. Would that be a good idea or should I just get dentures once again? I hate them and I feel so insecure with them. ... Visitor from WV     (answer)

  • Denture Palate: I am wondering if when you get the mini implants do you still need to have the roof of your mouth covered by the palate of the bridge or can the part that covers your palate of your mouth be eliminated? ... Visitor from MT     (answer)

  • Lower partial vs. Implant: At present I am being treated on my problems. I will have only 2 teeth remaining in my lower left side, #19 and #22. My goal is to have implants at approx space #29-30 on lower right and then have a lower partial made to be supported by 2 teeth on lower left and one implant. Should I not first make sure that an implant is possible due to my bone loss and consistent periodontal disease. ... Visitor from MO     (answer)

  • High Narrow Arch: I'm 57 and have wore back upper and lower partials for years. My front upper teeth jet and I have been told I have a high narrow arch. One dentist suggested I see an orthodontist to see if perhaphs they could widen my arch. My question is would that be possible since I have no back teeth to support brackets? My concern is to keep what I have as long as possible and possibly get back implants. I was once told with a high narrow arch it is impossible to wear dentures and this is a concern for me down the road. ... Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Implants or Dentures with a Post? When getting full implants. After the teeth are removed what do you have until your mouth has healed to eat with and cosmetic reasons? I haven't read that you have some sort of teeth or denture until you are done healing. You don't have to go 6-9 months without teeth do you? Also if implants are not affordable, what do you think of the full mouth dentures that have the anchors. Dentures that snap in ??? ... Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • Adhesives and Relinings don't work - Use Implants? I am 30 years old and have had an upper denture for going on 3 years now and no matter how many times I have gone to the dentist they are still not comfortable. They do not stay fit to my mouth even after using the adhesives 2 or 3 times a day. I have had them relined but nothing seems to work. Should I consider implants or just simply try a new denture? ... Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • New Dentures or Implants: My brother got dentures 5 months ago. Since then his tongue protrudes out of his mouth when he doesn't wear his dentures. He can't wear the bottom ones. Because of this his tongue hangs out of his mouth. He has been diagnosed with endentulous dyskinesia. He was told that medicine would not help. No one seems to know any thing about this problem with the tongue. Could you please advise us about whether he should have a new set of dentures made and two implants to hold them or get 6 implants and have a prosthesis made that is attached to the implants that doesn't come out? His tongue doesn't come out when he has his dentures in. ... Visitor from AL     (answer)

  • Dentures vs Partial vs Implants: My mother, who has worn a partial denture for the past few years, has been informed that she's going to lose all but three of her remaining teeth. She has been told that a new partial would be in her best interest; however, she's suffered from poor oral health and periodontal disease for years, and to invest in a new partial that's built around these few remaining teeth seems risky. Can you advise, would it be better to pull her remaining teeth and have implants put it? ... Visitor from Colorado     (answer)

  • Use Implants for Unusable Dentures? All my teeth were pulled about a year and a half ago. I can not wear the dentures because my lower gums are flat. The denture I have look and feel great. Is it possible to use them for implants? I'd hate to throw away a small fortune. ... Visitor from WA     (answer)

  • Dental Implants vs Denture Implant Anchors: I have been researching dental implants but I have a nagging question. I currently have a full set of dentures. I was told that a lower implant with the lower denture over the implant should be done because of bone loss. If the dentures fit loosely, will food continue getting under the denture and annoy the heck out of me? ... Visitor from NV     (answer)

  • Loss of Teeth in Accident: I have recieved a few names of dentists from my ear nose and throat doc. How do I pick from them? And how do I decide if inplants or bridges are better? I'm not sure about the cost problems. How do I decide to pick one that does implants and or bridges or dentures? ... Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • Gum disease and implants: I am writing this on behalf of my mom. She has always been plagued with gum disease for years. She extracted all her upper teeth due to this problem, and now recently wears a full upper denture. She is afraid to eat because she gags. She was always outgoing and because of the dentures she has stopped talking. I need to give mom back her smile with implants, but the dentist adamantly told her that it is impossible because there is no bone in her gums. He told her that the only way she could get implants is if the dentist wants to take her money knowing that it will not work. Mom was looking forward to implants, now she is severely depressed. She says her dentures looks like piano keys. What can be done to help her. ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I have a full upper plate and that is satisfactory. I hold it in place with a little adhesive. I have only ten teeth on the bottom and my bone structure will not allow a conventional implant and a partial will just not work. ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • I am 26 years old. I had extensive damage to my upper and lower teeth due to lack of care when I was a child. I brushed and brushed but my family could not afford to take me to the dentist. Now I have had all of my teeth in the back pulled 3 weeks ago. Upper and Lower are gone completely. I will have the rest of the upper teeth taken out in a few months to receive an immediate upper denture then a partial lower. I plan on getting implants but they tell me I may need a sinus lift. Can you tell me what that entails and what if any thing I will have in my mouth after the procedure is done and how it will affect my looks. Also, what are the chances that due to my age I will not have to have a sinus lift. I am currently under the care of the OSU Dental Clinic in Columbus OH. I have noticed that my jaw looks like they are sunken in a little now. Will this continue to get worse over the next few months or will it practically stay the same until I get all surgeries done? With the sinus is it better to have a general anesthesia or just IV sedation. I am extremely afraid of dental work and I shook so bad last time they had to give me IV as well as the gas plus a valium. The dentist thought she had the gas up too high until she noticed it got worse the less I got. I want to be healthy again, but I am so afraid of being uglier during this process and loosing my job as a waitress. ... Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Lower dentures or implants: I need to replace the lower teeth, and my dentst suggests dentures saying implants are not worth the money. But many say lower dentures are impossible to get used to. Who is correct? ... Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • I have worn a complete upper denture for at least 10 years now. I only have 6 natural lower teeth (3 each side) and wear a partial there. The 6 teeth are in bad shape and I know it will not be long before they have to go also. I have had trouble with both the upper denture and the lower partial since I have had them. I have been told that I just have to get use to them. I was also told that if I didn't like the upper denture that surely wouldn't like a lower one. My question is, with denture implants, does the upper implant cover the entire roof of the mouth and does the lower implant cover the entire portion under the tounge? Or, are they just the rim with the teeth similar to a partial? I was told at my dentist office that it is the exact same as a full denture except it attaches to the anchors that were implanted... Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • I had all my teeth removed and immediate dentures done 4 years ago. Since that time they have never fit in my mouth. I have gone back alot of times to see the dentist but he says I just have "to get used to it and learn to live with the pain". I had bone shards coming through the gums for almost a year afterwards and I am not able to get the dentures to stop swelling up my gums. When I get them out it takes days if not a week for the swelling to subside to get them back in. The dentist has relined them and says there is not enough material left to try another reline. What do I do from here, I paid for dentures that never fit??     (answer)

  • I have had dentures since I was 18 years old and now I`m 40 years old. I would like to have a dental implant done. But I have epilepsy. Would that be a problem for dentist surgeon. Thank you. ...Visitor from Belfast, Ireland, UK     (answer)

  • All my teeth are falling apart. The Dr. said it is because one of the medicines that I take. So I was wondering if it would be better for me to just have them removed and have false teeth or the kind that have posts and are put in the gums. Is there a dentist that will do this, I can not afford to keep getting them fixed. Thank you. ... Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • I have been wearing dentures for 12 years and had 4 sets of dentures, None of the lowers were tight or secure, I'm thinking about having the lowers permanently set. What type if implants would I need? Do you have any information on the subject? ...Ken in OH     (answer)

  • I am 52 years old. Upper denture x 6 years, lower x 2 yrs. I am more than healthy enough for dental surgery.
    1. Are Dental implants and lupus mutually exclusive?
    2. Or could i get a prosthetic that fits over the bone to stabilize the denture.? (I just love the way the bone in the lower jaw just seemed to disappear).
    3. Is there a line of denture, or way to make the denture nicer - perhaps a way to pay more and actually get something of better quality. My last doc did a wonderful job, but its time for a different fit and I want to know what my options could be. ...Gloria in WI     (answer)

  • Can't Eat: I have had my immediate dentures relined after 1 year and it is now 18 months into dentures and I can't eat anything without the uppers and lowers popping out. It hurts too! Even soft food. I can't imagine breaking harder food, and ... I used to eat a raw food diet and now can't even chew lettuce! Raw broccoli was my favorite food. My health is suffering. I can't eat in public. My dentures even hurt just to wear, so I feel like I can never get a full time job because wearing the teeth for 8+ hours a day (without eating) would be torture! ...Visitor from WI     (answer)


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