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Common Questions

What is prosthodontics?

Prosthodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Graduate programs in prosthodontics include classroom lectures and seminars, laboratory and clinical training in esthetics/cosmetics, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures, congenital or birth anomalies to teeth, snoring, sleep disorders, and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care. Prosthodontists are masters of complete oral rehabilitation. A prosthodontist is dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

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Who is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive two or three years of additional training after dental school, and restore optimum appearance and function to your smile. Additional training for prosthodontists is earned through a hospital- or university-based program accredited by the American Dental Association. The training includes reviews of the literature, lectures, treatment of patients and laboratory experience in fabricating restorations. A prosthodontist is the skilled architect who can restore optimum function and appearance to your smile.

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What is a dental specialty?

A dental specialty is an area of dentistry that has been formally recognized by the American Dental Association as meeting the requirements for recognition of dental specialists. The American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties: Public Health Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (Oral Surgeon), Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

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What is a dental specialist?

A dental specialist is a dentist who has received additional post-graduate training after dental school. The American Dental Association recognizes nine dental specialties: Public Health Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (Oral Surgeon), Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

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Who is a dental technician?

A dental laboratory technician is a vital component of your oral health care team. In most instances the laboratory technician is the unseen player in the successful restoration of your mouth. All restorative dentistry hinges on the skill and knowledge of this key team member. If you are having a restoration on an implant or a tooth; if you are receiving crowns (caps), bridges, inlays, onlays, partial or complete dentures (plates), night guards or orthodontics appliances, you have been helped by this valuable individual who is dedicated to restoring the beauty and function of your mouth. Combining the artistic skills to fulfill your esthetic needs, the laboratory technician needs knowledge of the myriad number of dental materials used in the manufacture of your dental restorations. This requires special education and training. The utilization of quality materials, dictated by prescription from your dentist, is paramount in insuring a long lasting, esthetic and functional restoration. As with all professions that are responsible for the health of the public, it requires a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity.

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Why visit a prosthodontist?

You may want to visit a prosthodontist if you are missing one or more teeth; you are interested in dental implants; you wear dentures or removable partial dentures; or you want to improve the esthetics of your smile.

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What do dental credentials mean?

Upon graduation from dental school a dentist is awarded either a D.D.S. or a D.M.D. degree. There is no difference between the two degrees – both dentists have received the same education and completed the same curriculum requirements set by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. The difference is merely semantics – some institutions award a D.M.D. degree, while others award a D.D.S. degree. Generally, three or more years of undergraduate college education plus four years of dental school is required to graduate and become a general dentist. State licensing boards accept either degree as equivalent, and both degrees allow licensed individuals to practice the same scope of general dentistry.

Post-graduate training is required to become a dental specialist consisting of 2-3 additional years of training after dental school. Prosthodontists must at least complete an advanced training program leading to a certificate in prosthodontics. The certificate program satisfies the formal training requirements for eligibility for the American Board of Prosthodontics examination. The program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. Prosthodontists may also elect a course of study leading to a Master of Science degree along with the advanced training program. The Master of Science degree requires the completion of an original research project, preparation and defense of a thesis and a comprehensive examination covering the specialty of prosthodontics. Courses of study leading to a Ph.D. are available through basic science departments or through interdisciplinary affiliations.

Board certification is awarded through the American Board of Prosthodontics and requires successful completion of the Part I written examination and Part 2, 3 and 4 oral examinations. The written and one oral examination may be taken during the 3rd year of specialty training and the remaining two oral examinations taken following completion of specialty training. Board eligibility starts when an application is approved by the ABP and lasts for six years. Diplomates of the ABP are ethically required to have a practice limited to prosthodontics. Fellows of the American College of Prosthodontists (F.A.C.P.) are required to have a dental degree, have completed three years of prosthodontic speciality training, and be board certified by the ABP.

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What's unique about prosthodontists' education?

Prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth who have completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced training and education in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program.

Extensive training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the creation of tooth replacements. Serving as the architect of a dental treatment plan, a prosthodontist collaborates with general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.

Prosthodontists provide an extremely high level of care to patients with missing teeth, or having significant damage to their existing teeth. Prosthodontists work with congenital defects as well as problems arising from trauma and neglect.

Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. These include: crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structure and/or teeth, snoring or sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.

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What is board certification?

Board certification is awarded through the American Board of Prosthodontics and requires successful completion of the Part I written examination and Part 2, 3 and 4 oral examinations. The written and one oral examination may be taken during the 3rd year of specialty training and the remaining two oral examinations taken following completion of specialty training. Board eligibility starts when an application is approved by the ABP and lasts for six years. Diplomates of the ABP are ethically required to have a practice limited to prosthodontics. Fellows of the American College of Prosthodontists denoted by F.A.C.P. in the credentials of a fellow are required to have a dental degree, have completed three years of prosthodontic speciality training, and be board certified by the ABP.

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What is evidence-based dentistry?

Evidence-based dentistry is an approach to oral healthcare that requires the careful integration of systematic evaluations of clinically relevant scientific evidence, relating to the person's oral and medical condition and history, with the dentist's clinical expertise and the person’s treatment needs and preferences.

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How do prosthodontists select labs, and why are prosthodontists' lab fees more expensive?

Prosthodontists have much more experience working with dental labs since the work we do always involves a lab. Therefore, we have a lot of experiences with laboratories and only demand the finest quality and the most precise work available. Lab fees may be higher due to the higher quality of materials, the attention to detail and the experience of the lab in providing the best for our patients.

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Are prosthodontists trained to treat TMD, and if so what techniques do they use? By what parameters are they limited to treat extraoral head and neck areas for this condition?

Yes, prosthodontists are trained to treat TMD and TMJ. Your prosthodontist might recommend a stabilization splint or bite guard. This plastic device fits over the upper or lower teeth. Stabilization splints are the most common treatments for TMD/TMJ disorders and should be used as prescribed by your prosthodontist. A splint should not cause permanent changes in your bite when it is removed from your mouth. While using a stabilization splint the patient should be evaluated regularly, and the splint may require adjustments by the prosthodontist. For extraoral treatment, a prosthodontist can recommend a number of strategies for self-care or a referral to a physical therapist.

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Any certified prothodontists in or around Bellingham, WA? Any diplomates in the same region (zip 98225)? Thanks.

You bet! Click here for the results from the ACP's Find a Prosthodontist search for Bellingham, WA.

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what is white that has now come around gums on lower gums.had teeth removed 3 days ago is it infection?

The smell (and bad taste) is most likely from the blood clots in the extraction sites. However, it could be from food debris left on the dentures following eating. If this persists for longer than seven days, you may have an infection, or sore spots, that requires attention. See your dentist or prosthodontist  for an evaluation and adjustment—they will also be able to teach you how to properly clean your dentures. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with three years of additional training in the restoration and replacement of teeth, including dentures. To find a prosthodontist near you visit www.gotoapro.org.

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Is there an equivalent of Physician Assistant regarding to Dentistry?

The construction of dentures is a joint effort between the patient, his or her dentist or prosthodontist and the laboratory technician.

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I have upper partials. They have two metal clasps on two teeth. Will those 2 teeth loosen over time because of removing my partial at night and also removing them after eating? Thank you

A loose tooth may indicate trauma, infection or a problem with the bonding, all of which need immediate attention. If that occurs, you should seek the care of your dentist or prosthodontist as soon as possible to determine the cause and care for your loose tooth. A prosthodontist is a dentist with special training in bonding and partial dentures.

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Is it normal for a dentist(who has just made me a new full upper and bottom partial)told to remove my partial when I eat. I need these teeth to chew with. Why did I pay for a partial? Thank you

If you do not have teeth to anchor the partials, you will likely experience more movement of the dentures under function. You might want to talk to your dentist or consult a prosthodontist about the possibility of using dental implants to help anchor the new dentures. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with three years of additional training in the restoration and replacement of teeth, including dentures and dental implants.

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how to know if my dentist is using the really porcelain crown in my implants?

If you have concerns, you may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures. Gaining the skill required to create the most natural looking teeth requires extensive training and experience. To locate a prosthodontist near you, click here.

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Can you sleep in dentures

The dentures help minimize swelling following extractions, so in consultation with your prosthodontist, you may want to wear them at night for the first week – remove them after eating, and prior to sleeping to clean them, though. In general, it’s best to sleep without them, but if you can’t, consider removing them for at least two hours each day. The tissue that supports the dentures needs a rest.

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I want to do implant but my dentist just wanted me to extract my teeth and use partial denture.Then later on I will decide to do implant.She already started on the denture,and I am so confused because I ready going to do implant.help me

It is important to find a dentist or prosthodontist who you feel comfortable with who can discuss your fears and your dental care needs. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with three additional years of training after dental school who focuses on the restoration and replacement of teeth, including the most complex cases. If you are comfortable with your dentist or prosthodontist and trust him or her, then the treatment you will undergo will be easier for you to start. Together you and your dentist or prosthodontist will be able to make the decision about which type of denture will work best for you.

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What to do if you have a bridge on upper back teeth and one supporting tooth needs to come out. Can you separate it from the bridge . Get an implant for bad tooth and cement it to the two teeth of the bridge.just not chew on bridge until implant in.

It will be very hard to "repair" the bridge without the services of a dentist or prosthodontist. We do not advise you use over the counter “denture repair” kits or commercial “glue” as they may make the problem worse and possibly force you to need to have the denture remade.

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Should I be wary of a prosthodontist that requires patents to sign a smile contract if they have had a smile design (to place a recommended fixed bridge on teeth #11-6) to say they are happy with the overall design and look of the finished product?

Every patient has different needs. You may wish to contact your state or local dental society to find out if the organization has any resources for the public related to dental services.

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Not one dentist I've seen in TN will recommend a prosthodontist.They want to do the work themselves.How can I find a top quality prosthodontist in Nashville,TN with no referrals as to their quality of work who will produce long lasting(12+yrs) crowns

To find a prosthodontist near you, visit the Find a Prosthodontist search on GoToAPro.org.

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Dentures

I want dentures. Where do I start?

The best starting point to see if dentures are an option for you is to see your dentist or a prosthodontist, who is a specialist with an additional three years of training after dental school who focuses on the restoration and replacement of teeth, including dentures for even the most complex cases. A prosthodontist also will be able to help determine if another treatment option might be more suited to your particular situation.

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What types of dentures are there?

Dentures may replace all the teeth or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as complete dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to dental implants. Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are known as partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and also cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing.

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What is the average cost of dentures?

Denture fees vary widely based on location. The best way to determine fees for service is to visit with your dentist or prosthodontist and discuss the care you may need. You may also contact your state or local dental society to find out if the organization has any resources for the public related to the cost of dental services. You may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures.

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How can I whiten my dentures?

It is not possible to whiten dentures like natural teeth because dentures are made of plastic. To minimize staining, properly clean your dentures daily to remove food and plaque bacteria. Brushing with a denture brush or soft toothbrush will prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and keep your mouth healthy. Moisten the brush and apply a non-abrasive denture paste (regular toothpaste is too abrasive). Brush every surface, inside and out, scrubbing gently. A variety of over-the-counter denture cleanser products may be safely used (by following the manufacturer’s instructions) to remove most stains. However, more stubborn stains may require removal by your dentist or prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance.

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Can you brush your dentures with toothpaste?

No, toothpastes are designed to be used on teeth, and they often contain materials and chemicals that help whiten and strengthen teeth, but may harm dentures, which are made of a very durable plastic. Even though the plastic is strong, it is not as strong as the enamel of teeth and may be scratched by using toothpaste to clean your dentures. You should use a dish washing liquid and a special denture brush to clean your dentures by hand every day. After rinsing them thoroughly, soak your dentures in water-based cleaning solution overnight. Do not use bleach on your dentures unless your dentist or prosthodontist gives you special instructions on using bleach.

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How do you repair broken dentures?

The best solution is to return to the dentist or prosthodontist who made your dentures and have the cracked denture repaired professionally. It may seem easy to fix, but it is important that the repair is done correctly to prevent problems with chewing and to avoid any sore spots. The dentist also needs to check the denture and adjust it after it is repaired. The denture may be too old and may no longer fit closely to your gums, and you may need a new denture.

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How do you know when it’s time to reline dentures?

If the dentures no longer fit as well as they once did you may need to have a procedure done to refit the base of the denture, called a "reline" procedure. However, this procedure will enable your denture to fit better, and tighter, than it has previously. This procedure can be done by your dentist or prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance.

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Can you sleep in dentures?

You should remove your dentures at night and give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. Dentures should be cleaned at night and stored in water during the night. Dentures can be made to look like your teeth or, if you want changes in your teeth, the dentures can be made to improve your appearance. You should work with your dentist or prosthodontist and tell him/her how you would like to look. You may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dental specialist with three years of additional training in the restoration and replacement of teeth, including dentures.

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Can I eat normally with dentures?

Most patients need to learn how use dentures properly and as a result, it takes a little time to get used to them. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Using a small amount of denture adhesive (no more than three or four pea-sized dabs on each denture) may help stablize the dentures and help hold them in place while you learn how to get comfortable with them and may make the learning process easier.

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Can you have teeth pulled out and dentures put in on the same day or in the same week?

Yes, it is possible to have your teeth removed and dentures put in the same day. The dentures are called immediate dentures and you should talk to your dentist or prosthodontist to see if that treatment is the best for your mouth. A prosthodontist is a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures.

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My #15 molar is beyond repair; I want to get an implant but my income is only $965.monthly. Does a partial denture prevent shifting and additional tooth loss? The dentist said I have healthy gums and the tooth below also touches another upper tooth.

A partial denture will prevent shifting of teeth but is rarely used to replace just one back tooth. If you are missing more upper teeth, then a partial may be a good investment. Many times tooth #15 is not replaced since you will still be able to eat and chew. Also, the lower tooth touches another tooth so it is unlikely to move.

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Why don't more dentist tell patients about jaw bone loss and facial collapse before exacting teeth and replacing with dentures. Shouldn't patients be aware that this will happen and there will come a day when they can't even wear dentures any more.

There are a lot of consequences to loosing teeth and wearing dentures. Many times there has already been a lot of bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease and there may not be options to save the teeth. Dental implants can help prevent further bone loss in addition to supporting dentures. Ask a Prosthodontist what is the best option for you.

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My 4 upper front teeth are I guess implants they are on metal post.Can I get them remove and get dentures

Generally, yes. There are dentures that attach to the implants so the denture cannot be removed by the patient (permanent type) or dentures that attach to implants but can be removed by the patient (removable type). A removable denture that attaches to the implants and can be removed by the patient is less costly and it is easier to clean around the implants. A denture that cannot be removed by the patient is more stable and some people prefer this type of denture since it is more like their own teeth.

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I recently had my full dentures relined. Since then, my mouth waters all the time. The saliva is major. Is this something that will go away or should I have new dentures made?

You may consider having the upper denture checked to see if it positioned properly. Sometimes dentures can be made in a position that does not allow the lips to close resulting in excess saliva. If swallowing is not impaired, you should be able to clear your mouth and the amount of saliva will generally decrease. If this does not happen, you should see your dentist or prosthodontist to correct the problem.

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What are the least expensive dentures? Upper and lower are both needed.

Fees for dental services can vary based on many factors including the complexity of your particular treatment, the time required to accomplish the treatment, and the location of the dental practice. Payment terms also vary according to the business requirements of the specific practice. You may wish to contact your state or local dental society to find out if the organization has any resources for the public related to the cost of dental services. You can use the ACP's search to find a prosthodontist near you.

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I am new to having dentures, so I am unsure how they should fit. The bottom seems to be very loose. They are easily loosened and "swim araound" in my mouth shortly after using powder adhesive especially after or while eating. Is this normal?

When your teeth are extracted, you will lose bone and soft tissue support, which is a normal part of the healing process. When the bone is lost, the dentures no longer fit as well as they once did. Bone loss can continue for the rest of your life, but is usually the greatest during the first year after tooth removal. So yes, you will most likely need to have a procedure done to refit the base of the denture, called a “reline” procedure. This procedure will enable your denture to fit better, and tighter, than it has previously. This procedure can be done by your dentist or prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance. To locate a prosthodontist near you, click here.

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When gently closing your mouth, should the upper and lower dentures make contact or should there be a slight gap?

A gap may exist in dentures that are either old or are ill-fitting, and to correct the problem the dentures need to be adjusted or may even need to be re-made. Bear in mind that during the first few months after the teeth are removed the bone continues to change its shape and changes a lot. Dentures need to be relined (refitted) so they fit the bone properly and maintain the health of your mouth. If you are experiencing discomfort, you may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dental specialist with three years of training beyond dental school focused on denture care and maintenance. To find a prosthodontist near you visit www.gotoapro.org.

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Can I chew sugarless gum with dentures?

Dentures and chewing gum do not usually work well together, no matter which brand of chewing gum you decide to try. The gum typically sticks to the acrylic plastic in the denture and may break a seal on the dentures, which will loosen them as a result. Gum may remain stuck to the denture and eventually harden and discolor. Ultimately, if you wear dentures, you should avoid chewing gum.

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I have dental implants w/bar&2 posts. Denture has clip & 2 holes w/'o-rings'? for the posts. (I've had them for a while!) What's the best way to clean them? I currently soak them in 1/3 3% hydrogen peroxide & 2/3 water. Does it harm the denture?

To minimize staining, properly clean your dentures daily to remove food and plaque bacteria. Brushing with a denture brush or soft toothbrush will prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and keep your mouth healthy. Moisten the brush and apply a non-abrasive denture paste (regular toothpaste is too abrasive) or use liquid soap. Brush every surface, inside and out, scrubbing gently. A variety of over-the-counter denture cleanser products may be safely used (by following the manufacturer’s instructions) to remove some stains. You may soak your dentures in a cup of water with a teaspoon of household bleach, but be sure to rinse them off well before putting them back in the mouth. When cleaning your dentures be careful not to drop them as they can break. You should clean your dentures over a sink that is filled with water or has a washcloth in place to prevent the dentures from breaking should they be dropped while cleaning. More stubborn stains may require removal by your dentist or prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance. To locate a prosthodontist near you visit www.gotoapro.org.

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how much pain is involved with getting dentures?

When you’re first fitted for new dentures, it’s normal to experience minor irritation, which should fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to them. The period of pain varies. If you’ve previously worn dentures and now have a new set it may take longer. Similarly, if you had some natural teeth present that were removed at the time the new dentures, the areas where the extractions were performed may be painful or uncomfortable for up to several weeks after the removal of the teeth. Regular visits to your dentist or prosthodontist to adjust the dentures as you go through the normal healing process are recommended. To locate a prosthodontist near you visit www.gotoapro.org.

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How can I get a perfect match to my remaining natural front upper teeth with a partial denture.

Prosthodontists and their teams are highly trained in the art of color and shade matching. Assuming it is a new partial denture, they can work to produce a match to your remaining natural teeth. (If it is an existing partial denture, we would recommend having a new one made, as the expense would be about the same to recolor the old one.) To find a prosthodontist near you, visit www.gotoapro.org.

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Had 2 lower implants inserted to connect full denture. The screws in the denture keep loosening and not holding denture intact with implant. Made several trips for adjustments to change size of screws. Is this normal? It's been one month. Thx.

It sounds like the implants were intended to help stabilize the denture, in which case, they should reduce the movement. If your dentures rub your cheeks or if you’re biting your cheeks, you should return to the dentist or prosthodontist who made the dentures to continue to have the fit and bite refined. You should visit your dentist or prosthodontist to remedy each of these difficulties. To learn more about a prosthodontist and to locate a prosthodontist near you visit www.gotoapro.org.

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I am new to dentures and don't like wearing them. After about 4 hours they feel very heavy in my mouth and I have a hard time closing my mouth. Is this normal? I talked to my dentist however she just waves me off and says I'll get used to it?

While you may simply adjust to the new dentures, it is likely that if teeth were removed the same day that the dentures were given to you, then you will need follow up with your dentist to assure that they continue to fit properly as you heal. If you did not have any teeth extracted and simply had new dentures made, there should be fewer adjustments. These adjustments should be more minor in nature. The heavy feeling you mention may be because you have not previously worn dentures or partial dentures. If that is the case, it will take several weeks for you to completely adapt to the feel of them.

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wore dentures for 50 years losing gum and bone. can this be fixed?

Research shows that once the teeth are removed, the jaw bone shrinks and changes shape. Typically, dentures should be checked every year, and often they should be remade when they lose their fit and are loose in your mouth after 5-10 years of use. By using dental adhesive, you may have masked the loose fit of your dentures. Even though you have adapted to these dentures, you are not receiving the function and appearance you deserve. Also, it is important that you take your dentures out at night to allow your gum tissues to rest and decrease the possibility of sore spots. You may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of additional training beyond dental school in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

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I have only had my dentures fir 3 months and have already had to get them relined. The bottom dentures will not stay in my mouth long enough for me to eat no matter what kind of adhesive I use. Is it possible they were not fitted right from the begi

Relines of dentures should improve the fit of the base of the denture to the jaw. However, if your jaw has been without natural teeth for some time, it may be difficult to make the denture stable if there is little jawbone. Soft tissues beneath dentures can also become easily irritated by wearing dentures continually (24 hours a day). You should refrain from wearing dentures at night as this gives the skin a chance to recover from wearing them during the day. Your dentist or prosthodontist should make sure that the skin inside the mouth is healthy and take steps to treat it properly before relining. If there is enough jawbone available, relines can often be done well. If not, it may be necessary to revisit the need for either remaking or redesigning the denture. A prosthodontist, a dental specialist with three years of additional education after dental school, is trained to serve patients with a combination of needs such as dental implants and dentures.

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I have worn dentures most of my life and now I have hardy any jawbone left, it is possible to rebuild a jawbone

Whenever someone loses all of his/her teeth the jaw bones immediately begin to shrink and continue to change throughout the years. The changing bone affects the fit of the dentures and the appearance of your face. As the years pass it becomes more difficult to make dentures that fully support your lips and restore the youthful contours of your face. In your specific case, we unfortunately do not have enough information to provide you with an informed answer. You should be evaluated by a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school.

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I went to get fitted for new lower partial,was told teeth are loose and a full lower would be best.What about a natural bite feel. Ihave a full upper so whats up?how do I eat slipping and sliding top to bottom,sort of a wet ice effect?

Whenever someone loses all of his/her teeth the jaw bones immediately begin to shrink and continue to change throughout the years. The changing bone affects the fit of the dentures and the appearance of your face. As the years pass it becomes more difficult to make dentures that fully support your lips and restore the youthful contours of your face. If you are unhappy with the fit of your new dentures, you should discuss your concerns with the dentist who made them. The laboratory follows the dentist’s instructions; so, the first step is talking to the dentist. You might bring your old dentures with you so the dentist can compare the difference in your appearance with the new dentures versus the old ones. You will have to wear it for a while before it feels natural. You may consider seeking the care of a prosthodontist, who is a dental specialist with three years of additional education after dental school, and who is trained to serve patients with a combination of needs including dentures.

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I have a hybrid denture - screwed in and I alone cannot remove them - need the best method to clean and a recommendation for toothpaste brand or type i can use

The dentist who created the denture should recommend the best product given the material in the denture. To minimize staining, properly clean your dentures daily to remove food and plaque bacteria. Brushing with a denture brush or soft toothbrush will prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and keep your mouth healthy. Moisten the brush and apply a non-abrasive denture paste (regular toothpaste is too abrasive). Brush every surface, inside and out, scrubbing gently. A variety of over-the-counter denture cleanser products may be safely used (by following the manufacturer’s instructions) to remove most stains. More stubborn stains on your dentures, like those caused by colas, tea and coffee, may require removal by your dentist or prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance. He or she will use effective cleaning solutions in an ultrasonic cleaner to effectively remove those though stains.

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I have glued in plastic teeth that need whitening. How can I clean them? The recommended cleaners are for removable dentures-to toxic and the whiteners for real teeth don't work.

It isn’t advisable to try to “whiten” your plastic teeth the way you might do with natural teeth, as they are made of plastic and will not “whiten” in the same way. However, in order to minimize staining, be sure to properly clean your dentures every day to remove food deposits and plaque. The stains may be removed by a professional cleaning causing them to look brighter and whiter.

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I have a partial lower denture clasp that is rubbing against the attaching tooth and causing a sensitivity type pain. The partial is as tight as can be.

Different types of partial dentures are available, and some are more comfortable than others. Occasionally a critical part of the partial denture can break off without the patient even knowing it. In these situations the partial denture may “settle” into the soft tissues creating significant soreness and irritation. Regular visits to your dentist or prosthodontist to examine the partial dentures are recommended for repairs or adjustments.

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I missed two teeth on my left lower side. I heard I need a partial denture. What material dr will use? can dr. provide restoration only on the left side and not put a denture in my 2/3 lower covered? it is very uncomfortable for me, not able to chew.

Dentures may replace all the teeth or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as complete dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to dental implants. Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are known as partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and also cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing. Dentures have typically been made for decades using a plastic material known as an acrylic resin. This is an excellent material that is cost-effective for the many years of service it provides and it is relatively easy to repair if needed.

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Can a GP do denture and implant teeth work?

Regulations vary by state. However, you may wish to see a prosthodontist for treatments such as dentures and implants because prosthodontists are dental specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth who have completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced training and education in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. Extensive training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile, the preservation of a healthy mouth and the creation of tooth replacements.

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I got an immediate top denture. Healed 11 months before PermReline.Immed denture slightly out of midline. Dentist acknowledged and would correct with the permanent reline. Unsuccessfull alignent and certain areas are thin, no color and can see thru?

When your teeth are extracted, you will lose bone and soft tissue support, which is a normal part of the healing process. When the bone is lost, the dentures no longer fit as well as they once did. Bone loss can continue for the rest of your life, but is usually the greatest during the first year after tooth removal. So yes, you will most likely need to have a procedure done to refit the base of the denture, called a “reline” procedure. This procedure will enable your denture to fit better, and tighter, than it has previously. This procedure can be done by your dentist or prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance.

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My teeth are pulled out about 20 years ago.I didn't wear any dentures, is it possible for me to wear dentures even my gums has already shrink?

It’s hard to predict how much of the upper and lower jaw will remain after 20 years without teeth. When teeth are removed, often the bone that held them in slowly shrinks over time. This doesn’t happen to everyone, but it’s normal after tooth removal. It’s important that dentures are made properly to fit well and keep minimum stress on the bone. It’s not likely that you’ll have all the bone you started with after 20 years of wearing a denture. Your dentist or prosthodontist should annually examine your mouth and dentures to assure ideal oral health, including the bone level below your dentures.

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are the upper back dentures and the lower back dentures suppost to hit or touch each other to the point you cannot chew your food

It sounds like the “two posts” you describe may be implants to help stabilize the denture. However, if you are having trouble chewing with your new dentures, you should return to the dentist or prosthodontist who made the dentures to have the fit and bite refined.

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my husband had top teeth pulled in july 2013 and immediate denture that never fit and kept falling out even with multiple realignements, and dental cream.got a new denture in October with the same problem he is becoming very discouraged please help

You should ask for an appointment with the dentist who made the dentures for you, as he or she has a responsibility to make the dentures as well-fitting as possible. If you are not satisfied with the care you are receiving, you may want to consider consulting a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures.

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Just had twa implnats to holdin bottom dentures. Can't get dentures in, what am I doing wrong

You should ask for an appointment with the dentist who made the dentures for you, as he or she has a responsibility to make the dentures as well-fitting as possible. If you are not satisfied with the care you are receiving, you may want to consider consulting a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures.

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i have a partial plate and it is hooked onto a tooth that is loose what can be done about this

When your teeth are extracted, you will lose bone and soft tissue support, which is a normal part of the healing process. When the bone is lost, the dentures no longer fit as well as they once did. Bone loss can continue for the rest of your life, but is usually the greatest during the first year after tooth removal. So you will most likely need to have a procedure done to refit the base of the denture, called a “reline” procedure. This procedure will enable your denture to fit better, and tighter, than it has previously. This procedure can be done by your dentist or prosthodontist, a specialist in denture care and maintenance.

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Help! 3 years in and still no solution or permanent dentures. Can't get them to stay in so still have temporary. Very long story. I have no bone...did grafting and mini implants and all have failed and loosened and had to be removed.Help Now What?

When there is a lack of bone, it can be difficult to wear dentures comfortably, particularly the lower denture. You should ask a prosthodontist if it would be possible to graft bone and make it possible to place dental implants that would improve the stability of dentures. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with three years of additional education after dental school, who is trained to serve patients with a combination of needs including dental implants.

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I would like gold crowns on my. Dentures is that still available when I get my new dentures ?

There are many excellent brands of denture teeth available to dentists. Gaining the skill required to create the most natural looking denture requires extensive training and experience. For the most skillful treatment you may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures.

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Need tooth extracted that secures one side of bottom partial. Since partial will no longer fit, will I be without bottom teeth until new partial is made? Is there something temporary?

You may be fitted with a temporary denture but you will need to discuss this with your dentist or prosthodontist. It is common to place a temporary "immediate" denture the same day the teeth are extracted.

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just had same day dentures can i drink supligen as im really hungry and afraid to eat.

Eating with a new set of dentures will often take a little practice. Dentures are not the same as natural teeth. They are two pieces of plastic that have been very carefully fashioned to look like and do the job of teeth. The muscles in your lips, tongue, cheeks and the floor of your mouth need to actually learn how to use these replacements for natural teeth. This learning period may take a few weeks up to a few months. You should start out by eating softer foods that do not require alot of chewing force. As you feel more comfortable with different foods, you should try increasing the consistency and firmness of the foods you eat. You should take small bites of food and also try to keep your mouth and the food moist. Chew slowly and with an effort to be aware of the motions of your lower jaw. If teeth were extracted prior to the placement of the dentures, then is it not a good idea to consume alcoholic beverages until the extraction areas heal.

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After applying adhesive its very very difficult to remove dentures. I want to know some easy to remove them withiut so much pain

If you are using your denture adhesive correctly, there should not be a lot of adhesive left on your gums and palate when you remove your denture. Patients use a variety of methods to remove the adhesive—a piece of gauze, a tissue, a damp washcloth or a wet toothbrush.

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Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are metal cylinders made of titanium surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. They replace the roots of missing teeth and support single crowns, large bridges and dentures. State-of-the-art technology makes it possible for these replacement teeth to look, feel and function like natural teeth.

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Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, a restoration supported by a dental implant and/or implants is an option you must consider. In many instances it provides the best alternative for care.

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What are the pros and cons of dental implants?

Several benefits exist to receiving dental implants. They are fixed solidly in the bone and allow teeth to be replaced in a manner that is closest to natural teeth. They have a long history of good success. However, dental implants require surgical procedures that usually include a small amount of discomfort and the time it takes for the implant to heal in the bone which can be a few months. Because a dental implant requires both a surgery and then making a replacement tooth that attaches to the implant, it is usually more expensive than a bridge when replacing a missing tooth.

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What is the success of dental implants?

It varies from individual to individual and with health and habits. For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene and good health, dental implants are predictably successful and survival rates above 90-95 percent are reported. You may consider seeking the care of a prosthodontist, who is a dental specialist with three years of additional education after dental school, and who is trained to serve patients with a combination of needs including dental implants

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Do dental implants last?

Unlike natural teeth dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay; however, the health of the gums is vital to maintaining last implant success. Conscientious home care by the patient and regular professional cleanings and check-ups are essential elements for dental implant sustainability. Each patient is different, and success relies upon diagnosis and planning, medical history and a variety of other factors.

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What is all on four?

All on 4 is a process by which all of the teeth are replaced in one jaw by using 4 implants. This process can be less expensive than the previous process that used 5 or 6 implants.

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Can dentures be made into implants?

Dentures cannot be “made into implants.” Implants are metal screws placed into the jawbone to help anchor and support artificial teeth (dentures). It may be possible to have implants placed beneath existing dentures to aid in the stabilization and support for those dentures. This could only be done if the current dentures were otherwise in excellent condition and relatively recently made. You should consult the dentist or prosthodontist who made the original dentures.

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what is the cost for implantss

The cost will vary by patient. A prosthodontist will make an assessment based on your unique needs. To find a prosthodontist near you, click here.

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safe removal of 4 dental implants that are only 3 years old. bone infected

It is possible for implants to have an infection that requires their removal.  Implants can be safely removed and many times a bone graft is placed where the implant used to be.  Make sure the implant dentist you are seeing is a dental specialist such as a Prosthodontist, Periodontist or an Oral Surgeon for the best treatment available.  All of these are recognized specialties of the American Dental Association and the dentists have 3-5 years of advanced training beyond the four years of dental school.

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Are dental implants removable like regular dentures or do they stay in your mouth and do you remove them at night?

No, dental implants are fixed solidly in the bone and allow teeth to be replaced in a manner that is closest to natural teeth.

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About over 3 years ago I had a dentist put in a implant in my front upper tooth at a wrong angle facing too far forward. I never went back for the crown. I paid upfront $7000= to get a discount. How do I get my money back or at least some of it?

You should first contact the initial provider to discuss your concerns. You may also contact your state or local dental society to find out if the organization has any resources for the public related to the cost of dental services. You may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures. To locate a prosthodontist near you visit www.gotoapro.org.

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I have 4 implants in my bottom denture , the clips are torn or broken all the time , why???

Unfortunately, in time the bone shrinks beneath dentures causing the dentures to slip and slide resulting in painful ulcers. The placement of dental implants or “pegs” can secure removable dentures making them totally fixated. Regular visits to your dentist or prosthodontist to adjust the dentures as you go through the normal healing process are recommended.

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My mother had dental implants about 2 years ago and her health has suffered as a result. She currently has colitis and I wondered if it was due to her ill fitting dental implants ?

The floor of your sinuses (air-filled compartments in the bone below your cheeks) is located just below the gums of the upper jaw. When implants no longer fit properly, excessive pressure may impact the gums and bone below the implant resulting in sinus pressure. If the biting surfaces have worn down as well, then headaches may result. Any type of pain or pressure should be evaluated by your dentist or prosthodontist to ensure the tissues are healthy. Also, any complaint of sinus problems should be evaluated by your medical doctor or an ear, nose and throat specialist.

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My mother had 4 imp 3 years ago on lower. Has had throbbing pains with numbness ever since. She is 87 what kind of DR should she see? She lives in Brooksville, Fla

Your mother may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school in the care and maintenance of dentures. To find a prosthodontist near you, click here.

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Am I entitled to receive a full refund from the dental office if the dental implant causes side effects on my ears or nose?

Fees for dental services are based on several factors such as complexity of your problems, time required to provide the services, and the condition of your bone and gums. The first step should be to visit with your dentist or prosthodontist and discuss the problems you are experiencing. You may also contact your state or local dental society to find out if the organization has any resources for the public related to the cost of dental services.

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I have an upper partial. Could a new partial retained by implants rid me of the metal retainers and be palateless, and would it be permanant or removable.

A denture that attaches to implants so the denture cannot be removed by the patient is permanent. A denture that attaches to the implants but can be removed by the patient is a removable denture. A removable denture that attaches to the implants and can be removed by the patient is less costly and it is easier to clean around the implants. A denture that cannot be removed by the patient is more stable and some people prefer this type of denture since it is more like their own teeth.

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I had an bone graft and implant over 2 years ago. Over th3 2 years I have had on and off throbbing - lately it's getting worse. Can a permanent implant like this be removed?

The term “permanent dentures” is deceptive and misleading. As we know, most things in life are not permanent, teeth and dentures alike. “Permanent dentures” are retained by screws or dental cement onto dental implants and cannot be removed by a patient; they can only be removed by your dentist or prosthodontist. Eventually even these “permanent dentures” may wear or break or become stained and discolored and will require replacement. Typically, soreness should be resolved within two weeks; if it persists, likely something in the denture needs to be adjusted. You should see your dentist or prosthodontist as soon as possible.

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went to dental tec for bottom denture implant but don't have o rubers or eny thing to sucport them is that right. teresa

If you are experiencing discomfort with your dental implants, your dentist or prosthodontist can solve this problem. You may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures.

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what would make the backs on my lower over dentures pop up when eating

You should be eating comfortably with the dentures within a week, particularly if you had teeth removed at the same time the dentures were placed. If not, you should return to the dentist or prosthodontist who made your dentures as soon as possible.

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can i have the four uper teth with four implants?one next to the ather?

Dental implants are an excellent option to help replace missing teeth, but dental implants are not for everyone. Dental implants require adequate bone to anchor them and to support the artificial teeth. Implants are somewhat expensive, require a surgical procedure to place them and may take months to heal after surgery. A patient may also need a denture fabricated in preparation for implants. Many patients are comfortable with this denture and may elect to not proceed to implants. The final decision whether implants are right for you or not should be made by you and your dentist or prosthodontist. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with three years of additional education after dental school, who is trained to serve patients with a combination of needs including dental implants.

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Oral Cancer

Who is most at risk for oral cancer?

People who use tobacco are six times more likely to develop oral cancer. Eight of 10 oral cancer patients are smokers. Heavy alcohol drinkers are also more at risk. 80 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer consumer more than 21 drinks weekly. Finally people with a history of oral human papilloma virus infections are at greater risk to develop oral cancer even if they don’t smoke or drink.

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What are the warning signs of oral cancer?

  • Red or white patches in or behind the mouth
  • Mouth sores or ulcers that bleed easily and do not heal
  • Unexplained lump in the neck, throat or floor of the mouth
  • Difficulty or discomfort swallowing
  • Pain and tenderness in teeth or gums
  • Change in the fit of dentures or partial dentures
  • Visible change in mouth tissue
  • Unpleasant sensations (pain, discomfort, numbness)
  • Diminished ability to perform normal functions such as opening jaw, chewing or swallowing
  • Unexplained swelling or fullness in neck

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What is cancer?

As the building block or our body, cells maintain our tissues and organs. When cell production and regulation lapse, adnormal growths or malignant tumors destroy healthy tissues and spread or metastasize the diseased cells to other parts of the body.

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Where does oral cancer occur?

About two-thirds of cancer of the mouth or oral cavity occurs in the floor of mouth and tongue, but can occur in the upper or lower jaw, lips, gums and cheek lining. Just behind the mouth is an area known as the orophyarnx. Oropharygeal cancer (one-third of cases) occurs in the back of the tongue, tonsils and throat tissue.

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How can you prevent oral cancer?

The American Cancer Society recommends a comprehensive oral evaluation and soft tissue exam annually, yet only one in five patients reports having an oral cancer exam in the last year. Your prosthodontist is trained to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth including the associated structures in the head and neck area. An oral cancer screening is painless; treatment for advanced oral cancer is not.

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My mom is losing 6 bottom front teeth to oral cancer. Is there some type of denture that she could be fitted with that won't sit on the healing gums and can be worn while she is recuperating. Not to eat with, just to pop in when going out. This

She see a dental specialist, such as a prosthodontist, who has had advanced training in managing patients who have had surgery, radiation and chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Care must be used in any tooth removal and in particular patients with oral cancer. Some patients have to wait a period of time before dentures can be fitted to avoid these concerns. Details of the cancer treatment are important and may guide the timeline and treatment approach. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist with three years of additional training in the restoration and replacement of teeth, including complex cases.

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after head/neck radiation / chemo treatment left me no saliva for years & an ultra sensitive oral cavity. I've had resulting multiple cavities filled but teeth can't take more and are breaking off. How dangerous are implants for me? Zip 36532

You could ask a prosthodontist if it would be possible to graft bone and make it possible to place dental implants. It is also possible to buy some saliva substitutes in a drug store that help to keep the mouth moist.

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Board Certification

What is board certification?

Board certification establishes that the individual has successfully completed a four-part examination and is subjected to re-certification every eight years to insure that he/she is current in practices that affect the specialty.

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How can I determine if my prosthodontist is board certified?

Search the Locate a Board Certified Prosthodontist directory. Exams are issued twice a year, so check back if your dentist is not currently listed.

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My dentist is listed as a prosthodontist. Does that mean he or she is board certified?

Some states allow the listing but it does not necessarily mean that an individual is board certified. Any graduate of an accredited dental school is permitted to practice prosthodontics. Some individuals choose to receive additional post-graduate training and complete a three-year program in prosthodontic training. Many of these individuals choose to become board certified but some do not. Board certification establishes that the individual has successfully completed a four-part examination and is subjected to re-certification every eight years to insure that he/she is current in practices that affect the specialty.

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How can dentists become certified by the American Board of Prosthodontists?

You can find a guide to board certification on the American Board of Prosthodontists website. On the ACP website, we sell copies of the Board Preparation Course Manual & CD-ROM study guide, which may be helpful. Good luck!

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Improving your smile

What is a crown?

When a tooth exhibits moderate to severe destruction such as a large filling with recurrent decay or extensive wear, a crown, also known as a cap, gives you the strength, beauty, translucency and feel of a natural tooth. Made from a variety of materials, your prosthodontist can help determine the correct crown for your mouth.

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What can be done to brighten my smile?

Tooth whitening lightens discolored enamel and dentin. Studies have shown that proper use of dentist-monitored, whitening systems can enhance your smile. Almost anyone can benefit. After a thorough examination and diagnosis your prosthodontist can determine if you are a good candidate for home whitening.

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What are veneers?

Veneers may be an option is you are not happy with the alignment, color or shape of your teeth. Following a slight preparation of the enamel, a prosthodontist bonds a thin layer of porcelain permanently to the front of your teeth. Veneers may be used to correct minor flaws of individual teeth, but often are used on multiple teeth to create a uniform smile.

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What is an option for replacing a defective filling?

Unsightly fillings can be replaced by all-ceramic inlays, a tooth-colored material bonded to the tooth. Instead of using the more traditional cement, this bonding process may actually improve the strength and beauty of the tooth.

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What are some options for replacing missing teeth?

From implants to permanent bridges, you have several options to replace missing teeth and blend them with your natural teeth. Using advanced materials and tooth-color matching techniques, your prosthodontist can recommend the appropriate method for optimal function and esthetics.

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I have been wearing top dentures for 2 years now and I have partial dentures at the bottom. My top dentures don't look like I thought they would. They tend to curve inward unlike my real teeth did. My mouth has drawn up some. What do I need to do?

The construction of dentures is a joint effort between the denture wearer, the dentist or prosthodontist and the laboratory technician. You should return to your dentist or prosthodontist and ask him/her to address your specific concerns. If he/she is unable to resolve the appearance of your new dentures, you should seek a second opinion and may consider the care of a prosthodontist. This specialist in denture care and maintenance received three additional years of training after dental school including optimal denture care. To locate a prosthodontist near you, visit www.gotoapro.org.

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20 years ago got top back partials (6 teeth) & bottom back partials (4 teeth). Had my own teeth in front and had a beautiful wide smile.10 years ago got 8 top & 8 bottom veneers but lost smile as you can't see any top teeth when smiling.

There are many options to improve the appearance of your smile. To find the right solution for your mouth, you may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth.

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I had full dentures for about 8 years. I am on my 2nd pair of dentures with hopes of improving my smile. The dentist wants me to get 2 implants for the bottom denture. I have horizontal creases in my lower jaw. Should I have cosmetic chin implant?

Decisions such as those should be made in careful consultation with your dentist or prosthodontist, a dental specialist with three years of training beyond dental school focused on denture fabrication, care and maintenance of the dentures and the mouth.

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Tooth #10 is slightly loose,has a calcified root & I'm told it can't have a root canal.That tooth has much decay & I was instructed that I would need a fixed bridge covering teeth #11-6 (to act as a splint). Could #10 just be fixed with only a crown?

Every patient has unique needs. The best way to determine a treatment plan is in consultation with your dentist or prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school.

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Why see a prosthodontist?

When would you need the care of a prosthodontist?

You need the care of a prosthodontist if:

  • You are missing one or more teeth.
  • You are interested in dental implants.
  • You wear dentures or removable partial dentures.
  • You want to improve the esthetics of your smile.

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What options do prosthodontists offer to restore your teeth?

Prosthodontists offer several options such as bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants and lost tooth replacement.

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How does a prosthodontist fix broken, discolored or misshapen teeth?

There are several options to replace teeth such as crowns/caps, teeth whitening and veneers.

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How is a prosthodontist different from other dentists and dental specialists?

Prosthodontists expertly restore and replace teeth. They have trained three additional years in an American Dental Association accredited graduate program after completing dental school. Prosthodontists are also considered the quarterback of the dental treatment plan. They regularly lead teams of general dentists, specialists and other health professionals to develop solutions for your dental needs.

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What other ailments are prosthodontists trained to treat?

Prosthodontists also understand patients’ unique needs such as:

  • Cleft palates
  • Maxillofacial prosthetic procedures such as oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care
  • TMD, TMJ or other jaw joint problems
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Snoring and sleep disorders

Rigorous training and experience provide prosthodontists with a special understanding of the dynamics of a smile and the preservation of a healthy mouth.

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Sleep apnea, snoring, osteoporosis, bleeding of gums and file breath are my symptoms. Will being on Medicare insurance help me pay for this? I can not afford it, but I need help.

There are several issues that need addressing. Some are dental in nature while some are medical issues. You need to see your physician for a physical and then a dentist regarding your dental problems. You may seek the opinion from a Prosthodontist, a dentist who has completed 3 years of training beyond dental school. Prosthodontists treat many of the dental conditions you have mentioned. Medicare does not pay for dental procedures. If finances are limited, you may seek care at a dental school in your area.

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My crown on an implant is loose. Do I need to see the prothodontist who installed it to get it fixed?

A loose crown may indicate trauma, infection or a problem with the bonding, all of which need immediate attention. You should seek the care of your prosthodontist as soon as possible to determine the cause and care for your loose crown. If the prosthodontist who installed the crown is not available to help, visit the Find a Prosthodontist search to find another near you.

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What is the approximate cost for full mouth restoration in Lafayette LA area

Fees for dental services are based on several factors such as complexity of your problems, time required to provide the services,  and the condition of your bone and gums. The best way to determine fees for service is to visit with your dentist or prosthodontist and discuss the care you may need. You may also contact your state or local dental society to find out if the organization has any resources for the public related to the cost of dental services. You may want to seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of training beyond dental school who specializes in the care and maintenance of dentures. To locate a prosthodontist near you visit www.gotoapro.org

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I was referred to a prosthedontist by a dentist who was (2nd opinion). That prosthedontist was not a preferred provider for my insurance, I found another prosthedontist, but I haven't yet got the cost estimate. are there less costly options?

Dental procedure fees vary widely based on location. The best way to determine fees for service is to visit with your dentist or prosthodontist and discuss the care you may need. You may also contact your state or local dental society to find out if the organization has any resources for the public related to the cost of dental services. Another resource may be a dental school in your location where they would be able to provide full dental services at reduced fees.

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Had all teeth crowned due to bite being off. The prosthodontist put on temps to match existing teeth and then premenant crowns for the new bite. Having pain and problems with new crowns. tried talking with him with no resolution. can you advise?

It may take some time to adjust. Every mouth is unique. However, if you continue to experience discomfort, return to the prosthodontist who made the crowns for you and have proper adjustments made.

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Could top dentures cause nasel problems..crust build up inside nose

The floor of your sinuses (air-filled compartments in the bone below your cheeks) is located just below the gums of the upper jaw. When old dentures no longer fit properly, excessive pressure may impact the gums and bone below the denture resulting in sinus pressure. If the biting surfaces have worn down as well, then headaches may result. Any type of pain or pressure should be evaluated by your dentist or prosthodontist to ensure the tissues under the dentures are healthy. Also, any complaint of sinus problems should be evaluated by your medical doctor or an ear, nose and throat specialist.

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