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How are nance appliances (type of orthodontic appliance) removed?

How are nance appliances (type of orthodontic appliance) removed?

Same way: Same way 2 porcupines make love, very carefully. Thanks for playing straight man for me. Nance appliances anchored onto molars by metal bands. A special plier, called a Band Removing Plier, will easily pop the bands off the teeth in just seconds. Please see Dentist or Orthodontist who plac d the appliance to assure that it's removal is appropriate. ...Read more

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Dental: Do many older adults actually wear removable partial dentures (attached to natural teeth) on both the upper and lower parts of the mouth?

Dental: Do many older adults actually wear removable partial dentures (attached to natural teeth) on both the upper and lower parts of the mouth?

Yes: It's a common restorative technique. Less common today than in the past. Today state of the art is implants/crowns. Partial dentures are a less expensive, less comfortable, less long lasting alternative, but a time honored one. Talk to your Dentist about what would be best for you. ...Read more

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Resubmit: Do many adults simultaneously wear removable upper and lower partial dentures across arch that are anchored to existing natural teeth?

Resubmit: Do many adults simultaneously wear removable upper and lower partial dentures across arch that are anchored to existing natural teeth?

It's Very Common: If someone has lost teeth in the upper & lower jaws, it's very common to wear removable partial dentures to replace those teeth. This allows adequate chewing and esthetics in most situations. Any oral appliance which is removable should anchor onto both sides of the arch ("across arch") so that it's stable and doesn't rock. In many cases, bridges or implants can offer a strong "fixed" alternative ...Read more

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Which looks more natural: ceramic braces or metal braces?

Which looks more natural: ceramic braces or metal braces?

Ortho outcome: The most important question to ask yourself, is what am I trying to accomplish and what is the best way to achieve that goal? Hopefully you want the best aesthetic look and the healthiest teeth and gums. Therefore find the best Orthodontist you can and discuss how best to achieve your goals. Each system has pros and cons. See what is best for you. ...Read more

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What materials are used in partial dentures?

What materials are used in partial dentures?

Metal and acrylic: For removable partials which replace missing teeth the metal portion is chrome cobalt alloy, the plastic is acrylic. Some are all acrylic and flexible. There are various formulations of the acrylic by various dental labs. Unusual reactions to these materials are very rare. ...Read more

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Can adult (age 20) correct overbite by functional appliances? For instance, herbst appliance

Can adult (age 20) correct overbite by functional appliances? For instance, herbst appliance

Yes: Yes appliance therapy can be used effectively in adults. All cases are different and need proper records for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. Other treatment may be needed depending on your situation including other appliances and braces. ...Read more

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Can anterior teeth intrude into the gums with modified retainers (cutting off molar parts) the same way molars intrude with Invisalign retainers?

Can anterior teeth intrude into the gums with modified retainers (cutting off molar parts) the same way molars intrude with Invisalign retainers?

Retainers: Retainers retain. They are not active treatment appliances. Cutting off the molar coverage will cause molars to extrude, not intrusion of anterior teeth. Know 1. Invisalign and braces are not equivalent, braces work much better, and 2. Orthodontists are more proficient than Generalists at Orthodontic Care. Take your appliances and go see an Orthodontic Specialist for guidance. ...Read more

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What amount do valplast removable partial dentures cost?

Valplast: Valplast dentures can cost between $700-2000/piece depending on the insurance that you have and the location of your dental office. ...Read more

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Have scientists found total knee replacement options, other than traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Yes: Depending on the nature of the condition, there are several options. Cartilage repair surgery continues to develop for early knee damage. For more significant involvement of 1 side or compartment of the knee, a partial knee replacement may relieve pain and restore function. If the knee has severe damage, a total knee replacement is indicated. ...Read more

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Can/does a prosthodontist install individual dental crowns and replacements when they wear out?

Can/does a prosthodontist install individual dental crowns and replacements when they wear out?

Definetely,: By definition prosthodontists replace missing natural teeth with fixed or removable appliances, such as crowns, veneers, dentures, bridges, and implants. Prosthodontists receive three years of additional training and he/she is master of complete oral rehabilitation. ...Read more

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What are the metals and acrylics used in partial dentures?

What are the metals and acrylics used in partial dentures?

Depends on quality: The materials of the partial denture directly affect the cost and quality of the prosthesis. Inexpensive partial dentures are usually made with an inexpensive material called chrome colbalt. The better quality partials are made with vitallium, and even better, gold. Of course the cost is different. The acrylic used also makes a difference. Using a fibered acrylic adds more strength ! ...Read more

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What is the cost of ceramic braces compared to metal braces?

What is the cost of ceramic braces compared to metal braces?

Wrong question: Cost of Orthodontic Rx depends on complexity of the case and anticipated time in Rx. Some offices have a slight surcharge for clear braces, others do not, as time in Rx may be affected by choice of appliance. See a fully qualified Orthodontic Spcialist to find out what' subset for you, and how to best go about arriving at the best result possible. ...Read more

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What type of dental implant crown is the strongest on molars. Lab made all porcelain, the cerec crowns, PFM or PFHNM crowns.  Which ones are worst.

What type of dental implant crown is the strongest on molars. Lab made all porcelain, the cerec crowns, PFM or PFHNM crowns.  Which ones are worst.

Gold crowns: For strength and longevity, gold would be your best choice, for esthetic reason we use porcelain, zirconia is the strongest but it is very abrasive and can damage the opposing teeth, e_max blocks (cerec), or pfm should do well, in this case e_max, can be stronger then the regular pfm, but again it can be a bit more abrasive. The choice is yours. ...Read more

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Are there total knee replacement options, besides traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Are there total knee replacement options, besides traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Yes: Alternatives to total knee replacement include partial knee repalcement and osteotomy. Partial knee replacement is done if the arthritis is confined to only one part of the knee. Osteotomy is done if there is an angular deformity contributing to overloading of one side of the joint. ...Read more

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How does a 2 unit dental acrylic nesbit differ in price from that of a removable partial denture with typical metal clasps across teeth? ADA codes?

How does a 2 unit dental acrylic nesbit differ in price from that of a removable partial denture with typical metal clasps across teeth? ADA codes?

Professional fees: They vary from office to office, so no concrete difference can be quoted. It may cost you a bit less for the unilateral RPD. ADA code for unilateral RPD is D5281, and for a RPD with metal substructure and claps for the mandible is D5214 ...Read more

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What hip replacement materials exist? What are the different material options for hip replacement and their pros and cons?

What hip replacement materials exist? What are the different material options for hip replacement and their pros and cons?

Hip Materials: Engineers are always trying new materials in hope of making hips last longer. Sadly most of the new materials have not worked as well for the majority of patients. Ceramics break and squeak, metal on metal has caused some problems for patients with metal reactions, leaving metal on plastic (the old fashioned way) as the best answer for most patients. The plastics are newer and may last longer. ...Read more

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Are there harmful plastic materials in dental night guards?

Are there harmful plastic materials in dental night guards?

No: The material used for fabrication of dental night guards are harmless and safe to use. You can always ask your dentist to provide you with that information provided by the lab. ...Read more

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