I’m down to three of my original teeth on the top of my mouth. I got a partial denture to replace the missing teeth. Nobody told me that it could hurt my healthy teeth, but over time, one of the teeth that the partial clipped onto started to get loose, and now my dentist says it’s dead.
He can’t pinpoint exactly how it happened, but he thinks the partial is to blame, and says it happens that way sometimes. So, I’m stuck with getting a root canal and crown, but my dentist says he feels “guarded” about the long-term prognosis. I’m ready to just have the last few teeth pulled and be done with it. Get a denture. My dentist says an implant denture might be a better way to go about it, but that doesn’t make sense to me. Won’t they fail just like my teeth did? They’re not exactly affordable dental implants if I wind up having to get a regular denture anyway.
There are a couple of points that should probably be addressed here. Generally speaking, removable partials don’t kill or injure teeth. However, poorly-fitting ones can cause all sorts of issues. In order for them to perform well, they need to evenly distribute the forces exerted upon them. If they aren’t made well to begin with or your anatomy changes, and they begin to rock or tug on the supporting teeth, they can cause damage. A root canal and crown may work for you for a considerable amount of time, provided you have a new partial made or the existing one is adjusted so it fits correctly.
As for affordable dental implants, the price has certainly come down over the years, and now that a denture can be secured with just a few, they’re an option for even more budgets. They’re made from a very strong metal, which bonds directly to the bone, and the system works just like the root of a tooth. The big difference is that they’re obviously not vital, or don’t have blood flow to them like a tooth does, so there’s no worry about one dying like a tooth can. However, it’s still important to make sure the denture fits properly, and evenly distributes biting forces across the affordable dental implants, to ensure their longevity. It’s definitely the kind of thing you want to make sure you see an experienced professional for, and not just any dentist.
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