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Dental implants will be done for 2 side-by-side missing teeth. Can the adjacent teeth shift out of place since cannot wear removable denture anymore?

Dental implants will be done for 2 side-by-side missing teeth. Can the adjacent teeth shift out of place since cannot wear removable denture anymore?

Unlikely: After the implants have placed and integrated with the surrounding bone, the adjacent teeth shift cannot shift. You can probably have an orthodontic retainer made to wear; this prevent the opposing teeth from shifting. ...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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Have wire retainer on top&bottom with plastic1given as"backup"years ago.Now have slight shift in top front teeth.Will plastic retainer move teeth back?

Have wire retainer on top&bottom with plastic1given as"backup"years ago.Now have slight shift in top front teeth.Will plastic retainer move teeth back?

Retainer: If the relapse is merely mild, there's a chance that your retainer will still be effective. See your dentist because it is hard to give any recommendation without seeing the case. ...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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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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Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?

Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?

NTI not a retainer: An nti appliance is normally used in patients with symptoms of tmd, and by virtue of it preventing back tooth contact, can shut down facial muscle activity that is causing pain in many instances. It is not a long term appliance as it can lead to uncontrolled back tooth eruption that can create other problems. Ask your dental professional for clarification of its purpose in your case. ...Read more

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Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Could dental assistants place and grind permanent composite filling?

Maybe: Depends on the state your in and state regulations. Some states license dental assistants with extended functions. After a dentists prepares a tooth for a restoration this assistant can fill, polish, adjust bite and contour the restoration. ...Read more

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I hear that a valplast non-metal removable 2 unit nesbit cannot be relined or adjusted? But, people with full dentures can have theirs relined.

Correct: Different materials. Valplast cannot be chemically added to once it is cured. It can be adjusted by removing material.. You just can't add anything back. ...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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My partial cannot be adjusted to wear over 2 dental implants for aesthetics & function since made out of all vinyl (valplast)--not acrylic. Ideas?

Implants for partial: Depends where the implants are. And what the purpose of them is in the partial in the first place. Question is why valplast was used as a rigid partial of acrylic lends itself to much more rigid and stable partial. Suggest a remake with rigid material (ie regular acrylic) may be in order. ...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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Is composite resin used to fill in gaps in front lower teeth?

Is composite resin used to fill in gaps in front lower teeth?

Many options: Yes that is one way but also consider braces to close the gaps and lamintes if you want a more long lasting treatment. Composite can be used for the quick result chuck. ...Read more

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What do I do when the newly advertised partial denture adhesive paste gets in between my 5-6mm sulcus? Nesbit cannot be relined. Minimal movement.

stop using: A 5-6mm depth is not a sulcus it is pathological i.e. Not normal. Go see your dentist immediately to treat this gum problem and remove the adhesive which is an irritant. If you need adhesive to keep this in place it needs to be replaced. ...Read more

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Can having a partial denture bearing and a acrylic denture fit hurt?

I imagine it can....: However, it does not have to be that way. With some adjustments the pain can be eliminated. By carefully fitting the appliances upon initial delivery the discomfort can be minimized. With proper adjustments and an attitude of persistence, comfort can be obtained. Many patients are very pleased with a denture and partial denture.... ...Read more

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A removable denture with 3 pontics may be in my future. What manufacturers put out a titanium based denture? Am interested in the light weight aspect.

Manufacturer?: These are typically custom made in a dental lab. Larger labs have more material options available but in the US at least, they don't interface directly with the end-user patient. Ask your dentist what material options are available from their preferred lab and see if titanium is an option for you. ...Read more

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Any time estimations between molar tooth pulled (bone graft added) and my use of a RPD to fill in smile line space? Implants in future #13, 14.

Any time estimations between molar tooth pulled (bone graft added) and my use of a RPD to fill in smile line space? Implants in future #13, 14.

Not enough info: Everyone's different. No possibility of giving you a personalized answer over the computer. Only the Surgeon who did the extractions and the graft can give you a healing time estimate prior to fabrication of a removable partial. Could be 6 weeks to 6 months. See the Surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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Wear a 2 unit nesbit. Will abutted teeth move out of position when near future involves gum grafting of an abutted tooth (cannot wear nesbit)?

Wear a 2 unit nesbit. Will abutted teeth  move out of position when near future involves gum grafting of an abutted tooth (cannot wear nesbit)?

Nesbit: It is certainly possible for your teeth to shift when you do not wear this device. Will you be doing an implant to replace your missing tooth? Replacing your tooth would be better than wearing a nesbit. ...Read more

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Price of dentures i was quoted a price of 6329.00 for 14 extractions and upper & lower partial temporary dentures and cast metal framework with resin upper & lower partial dentures. Is this a reasonable price?

Price of dentures i was quoted a price of 6329.00 for 14 extractions and upper & lower partial temporary dentures and cast metal framework with resin upper & lower partial dentures. Is this a reasonable price?

I : I suppose this is as good a place as any to go price shopping or comparing. These prices sound extremely reasonable. In fact my estimate is that it is on the low side for cast framed removable dentures. I do have a concern, and that is the metal framework dentures being made immediately after the teeth have been extracted. We do like to wait for remodeling of the bone to take place completely after extractions before moving forward with this type of denture work. Ask you dentist what exactly the plan is. Best wishes dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. ...Read more

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Can an expensive removable partial denture that is attached across the upper mouth be donated to a dental school after ones demise?

Can an expensive removable partial denture that is attached across the upper mouth be donated to a dental school after ones demise?

It's worthless...: ... to everyone else except you. Your prosthesis is custom designed, fit, and made just for your mouth. It will not fit correctly in anyone else's mouth. The materials are chrome and plastic... also worthless as scrap. You're paying for the expertise and overhead of fabricating a perfectly fitting denture and not the materials. Used dentures are sold on eBay as theater props for $49.99 ...Read more

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Dr.James.Wright thanks but I am frm guyana n my front teeth r missing 2 n the denture r difficult to speak with n i don't know if snap smile is here :(?

Dr.James.Wright thanks but I am frm guyana n  my front teeth r missing 2 n the denture r difficult to speak with n i don't know if snap smile is here :(?

Options: You have options of fixed teeth. A temporary fix is snap on smile. Another option is an acid etched retainer but that too is more a temporary fix. A more permanent option is implant supported teeth and fixed crown and bridge work. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How do dentures work?

Why dentures work: Dentures are plastic teeth and plastic gums fitted over the patients natural bone and overlying tissues. The are accurately fitted to replace those lost teeth and supporting bone. The upper largely stays in with a water seal over the spacious hard palate. The lower by good patient muscle control. The upper and lower teeth are set up to work in tandem for swallowing, speech, ; chewing. ...Read more

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What are dentures used for?

What are dentures used for?

For? Seriously?: For chewing! smiling! speaking! most patients think that dentures are replacements for teeth. They are not! they are optional treatment for no teeth. They don't work or feel like teeth, they are merely prosthetic replacements that allow the patient to accomplish some of the things that natural teeth do. They are movable, unless fixed by implants and removable unless screw-retained into implants. ...Read more

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How expensive are dentures?

Fees Vary: Your best bet is to get a treatment estimate from a local dentist in your town. ...Read more

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What to expect for dentures?

What to expect for dentures?

Lots of variables: There are many different types of dentures available these days. Traditional dentures to those held in with implants. Expectations will be different for each type and each person. See a well qualified dentist for a complete evaluation and consult for what will work best for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do my new dentures hurt?

Why do my new dentures  hurt?

Several Reasons: New dentures are made from impressions of your jaws and overlaying mucous membranes. Your mouth changes daily & from morning til night. Some mucosa supporting parts of the dentures are thinner & less tolerant of pressures. Your bite may be off. See your dentist as soon as possible and they will use a pressure indicating paste to see pressure points & they will check the bite & adjust it as needed. ...Read more

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How do I keep dentures clean?

Denture tabs.: You can use denture tablets. The way we tell denture patients to keep them clean is by using a denture brush, found at many pharmacies, with dish soap. Make sure you clean them over a sink filled with water in case you drop them. Then rinse and place in a denture cup with water and a bit of mouthwash while you sleep. ...Read more

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Can old dentures be sharpened?

Can old dentures be sharpened?

Thanks for asking!: Denture teeth can be replaced. If , however you find it more difficult to chew, it may not be because of the denture teeth. You should have the fit of the denture checked as well. ...Read more

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How long does denture pain last?

Till an adjustment: If the pain is from the denture rubbing on the gums or from an uneven bite, adjustments will ease the discomfort right away. ...Read more

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How long can upper dentures last?

Depends on You: I have seen them last from a matter of years to forty or more years. Certainly it wouldn't be unusual for them to last five to ten years. ...Read more

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What metals are used in dentures?

What metals are used in dentures?

none usually: Full dentures are made of acrylic while partial dentures are made of chrome-cobalt metal and acrylic. Rarely, metal bases with acrylic over the metal are used for full dentures. ...Read more

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How do I get my dentures repaired?

How do I get my dentures repaired?

Go to dentist: If it is a minor repair the dentist can repair it in the office. Major repairs will have to be done at dental lab. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of dentures?

Many benefits: for those who have no other option dentures can restore a sense of wholeness, well being, esthetics, nourishment, function and normality of facial features such as correcting sunken lips and cheeks. ...Read more

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How do I know when I need dentures?

How do I know when I need dentures?

Function: When you lose the function of your teeth because of loose teeth (periodontaly hopeless), and there are no alternatives to a denture that you can afford or do. Most patients after they have a denture built and fitted, can chew and enjoy there food better than eating around many loose, hurting, and non functional teeth. Also the removal of such infected teeth improves your overall health. ...Read more

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How much is an implantable denture?

How much is an implantable denture?

Service: An "implantable denture" is not a commodity, like a can of soup. It's a service. Cost depends on your individual anatomical requirements, skill and training of the practitioner, number/placement/type of implants, region of the country, materials used in the prosthetic appliance, and so many other factors. Ask your Dentist for advice or referral to specialist(s). ...Read more

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How can the denture procedure work?

Not easily: Simply: preliminary impressions, final impressions, trial set up and delivery. It takes years of training and experience to fabricate the right denture. Patient experience, opposing dentition, ridge shape, type of teeth and cusp angulation etc etc etc. A prosthodontist is a specialist to seek an evaluation for dentures. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you fix loose upper dentures?

How do you fix loose upper dentures?

Reline / remake: If your dentures no longer fit, then you must see your dentist/prosthodontist to evaluate them. Sometimes they can be relined inside to fit the new tissue contours. Other times you need new ones. The normal life expectancy is 5 - 7 years, often with one reline during that time. After that the teeth wear, the bite shifts, the forces change and you accelerate the bone loss. All affect your function. ...Read more

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Are lower dentures difficult to use?

Lower dentures: Lower dentures are almost worthless for most patients. They don't fit well and flop around. If you have enough bone, consider getting a few dental implants placed that your lower denture can snap into. Most people have little problem with an upper denture fitting well. Ask your dentist and see what your options are. Whatever you do, don't go to a denture mill type dental office.You will regret it ...Read more

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Will health insurance cover dentures?

Will health insurance cover dentures?

Dental Health Only: Some dental insurance plans cover dentures at the benefit level they allow for major services. To verify benefits call your insurance company or visit the company's website. ...Read more

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