Removable Partial Dentures

Denture Problems | Quality Dentures and Partial Dentures  May 19, 2015 – 03:01 am
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Questions Most Frequently Asked by Denture Wearers

  • At what point should I consider dentures or partial dentures? I am wondering if it is worth it to keep my natural teeth?
  • You will have to be the ultimate judge, however, it is wise to make a sound informed decision. It usually boils down to these factors: the severity of your current oral condition, how much pain or discomfort you are continually experiencing, how many dollars that you are pouring into your teeth each year, how many inconvenient trips you are making to your dentist each year and how much your dentist is going to stand behind his treatment proposal (ask for it in writing). Before drawling a conclusion, it will be most advantageous to get an opinion from a dentist, an oral surgeon and a denturist.
  • What is a Denturist?
  • A denturist is a board certified professional health care provider and denture technologist who Is trained to examine diagnose and evaluate edentulous and partially edentulous oral conditions and who is exceptionally qualified to prescribe and to perform denture treatment options to his patients; and who personally manufactures dentures and refers his patients accordingly to oral surgeons, ear, nose and throat specialists, dentists and other health care providers as needed.
  • Besides being completely proficient in dental laboratory technology, what other subjects must a candidate complete in order to become a denturist?
  • Besides being fully qualified as a denture technologist an aspiring denturist must complete 4 credit hours of head and neck anatomy and physiology, 4 credit hours of oral pathology, 2 credit hours of Infection control and sterilization, 2 credit hours of clinical ethics and jurisprudence, 3 credit hours in principals of patient examination, 2 credit hours in principals of radiology, 3 credit hours of radiographic interpretation, 3 credit hours of clinical pharmacology, 3 credit hours of Tempromandibular joint disorders, 3 credit hours of dental implantology, and must additionally complete 100 hours of clinical training in clinical examination, medical emergencies, dental materials, clinical and laboratory removable procedures, removable partial denture design and construction, removable partial denture treatment, Gnathology; and additionally must serve an internship of six months in a denturist or dental practice; and additionally must demonstrate competency in a comprehensive denturist written and practical board examination.
  • What is a dentist?
  • A dentist is one who has graduated from a four-year dental program and who practices many facets of general dentistry, however, is not a specialist. After dental school, many dentists through additional training and experience have become very proficient various facets of dentistry, although, have not become board certified specialists.

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...a lot more about your situation to answer. n Specifically--which tooth is this? How many and which other lower teeth are missing? What is your periodontal health? Is the tooth to be extracted biting against upper teeth? Are the upper teeth in good shape?
There is no way to know for sure how much you'll miss the tooth if it isn't replaced. The only thing I'll say now is IN GENERAL removable partial dentures that replace teeth on just one side of a jaw (especially if there are no teeth further back) tend to be difficult to get used to from an engineering standpoint. Often even well-designed removable partials like this are more trouble than they're worth

Yes

There are many options for edentulous patients. If you are missing many or all of your teeth your options may include removable partial dentures, full dentures, single implants or implant supported prosthetics. All of these options, if made well, look very natural. However, as mentioned above, be willing to shell out some major cash...

First question is

...how did the pulps die? If from trauma from an accident and the teeth are otherwise intact, and assuming they're periodontally healthy, root canal plus internal and perhaps external bleaching may work. If the pulps are dead because of extensive decay and multiple restorations, crowns are indicated. In most offices this will still be significantly less than having the teeth extracted and implants placed. Having them extracted and a removable appliance will doubtless be less expensive, but while removable appliances (partial dentures) can look and function well, they will not function as well as restored teeth or implant-retained restorations

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