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A 45-year-old member asked:

what does distal extension partial denture mean?

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Dr. Bernard Fialkoff
Dentistry 41 years experience
No back teeth: Means you have a denture with no back teeth to hold it in place.
Dr. Kevin Hanley
Orthodontics 43 years experience
Missing back teeth: A distal extension partial denture is a partial denture which replaces the missing back teeth on either one or both sides of a dental arch. There are no teeth behind the partial denture onto which the partial can rest. The denture rests on the tissue only in the back. There are rests on some of the teeth in the front for stability. It is partial because some teeth remain on which the denture rests.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Specific kind: It means that there are no teeth in back to attach the denture to, like in the front. So, there is no back tooth support, just gum tissue over bone, and the pressure is on these tissues. Always best to have tooth supported, but not always possible. May be able to have implant to support under this area.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Cosmetic Dentistry 35 years experience
It is technical...: This is a term used by dental personnel. It means that the back end of a partial is supported by the gums as opposed to being supported by a tooth. Distal extensions may not retain as well but can be retained very well with a dental implant underneath the partial denture at the back end of the extension.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

When can I go back to work after getting a full upper denture done?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Next day?: If you are talking about having the upper teeth pulled and then a plate put in immediately, your more that likely can go back to work the next day. It will depend on your pain, medications taking, and the type of work your have to do. You should discuss the thoroughly with your dentist or oral surgeon prior to your procedure. "don't bite off more than your can chew".
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there dentures you can have for a harelip?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Do not know: This is best answered by a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Jerry Brown
Dr. Jerry Brown commented
Prosthodontics 53 years experience
An appliance to use in the Maxilla should be successful if the ridge is intact.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

When are implanted dentures an option?

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Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwellanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Implants: Tooth implants are an option for any lost tooth. The large advantage over dentures is that implants are actually implanted into the bone. This stimulates the bone to stay strong. Plain dentures, over time, cause the bone to start to be resorbed since it is not being stimulated directly they way teeth and implants do. You can also get this resorption with periodontitis.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How soon after dental extraction will I be able to use dentures?

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Dr. Malcolm Musgrave
Dentistry 35 years experience
Immediately : In our office i usually want the patients to start wearing their dentures immediately. This protects the very fragile bone that was immediately around the extraction areas from food and tongue trauma.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How do I get my dentures repaired?

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Visit your dentist: Often dentist can repair the denture quickly if there is a minor problem. If there is a more involved problem, then the denture may have to be sent to the lab or sometimes a new one might be needed.

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