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Partial Versus Complete Tooth Loss
According to the ADA, in 1976 there was a higher percentage of people who were completely toothless compared with those who were partially toothless. This pattern has changed because of improved restorative materials, techniques and dental sedation. All of these factors have helped people maintain their teeth and avoid the discomfort of full upper and lower dentures. Patients now have the option of a dental implant supported lower full denture.
The reason to make a removable partial denture is to replace missing teeth, therefore let us examine the Pattern of Tooth Loss:
The loss of a patient’s natural teeth usually follows a characteristic, predicable pattern. Generally the upper teeth are lost before the lower teeth. According to a 1980 study by “Brewer”, an all too typical tooth loss sequence for an “average” person is: (1) loss of the upper back teeth and replacement with a removable partial denture (RPD); (2) loss of the remaining upper teeth and some lower back teeth and restoration with a complete upper denture; (3) loss of the remaining lower back teeth and their replacement with a lower RPD; and finally (4) loss of the remaining lower teeth and final treatment being full upper and lower dentures.
Sedation includes a wide spectrum. General anesthesia, deep sedation, conscious sedation and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are the most commonly used. The most commonly used type of sedation in the Tampa area general dentist office is conscious sedation. Conscious sedation as used in my Palm Harbor dentist office is a depressed level of consciousness, whereby the patient retains the ability to: respond to verbal command, retain protective reflexes and to continually and independently maintain their own breathing and airway.
In Florida, a dentist must receive special training, adhere to special continuing education guidelines, maintain their office and be inspected on a regular basis by the Department of Dentistry. My Palm Harbor dentist office was inspected late 2011.
Many dental procedures, including root canals, dental implants, crowns, extractions and immediate dentures can be performed while the dental patient is sedated.
Lower dentures are possibly the most uncomfortable prosthesis we dentists make for patients.
I have made hundreds if not thousands of dentures in my Palm Harbor FL dentist offices. Most people eventually accept upper dentures, very few are comfortable with lower dentures. Lower Dentures can be secured with dental implants or as seen in this picture, teeth can have root canal therapy and ball/posts. All of this type of dentistry is routinely performed in my Tampa FL area dentist office, sometimes with sedation, many times with local anesthesia.
First a little personal background information.
I have been a dentist in the Tampa area of Florida since 1988. My first Palm Harbor, FL dentist office was located in the 34683 zip code. My current and hopefully permanent location is: 3490 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685 727-789-1333. This month I will begin the 25th year of being a Palm Harbor dentist. I have noticed that may of the terms we dentists use routinely are either misunderstood or entirely unknown to the normal dental patient.
An overdenture as fabricated in my Palm Harbor, Tampa FL dentist office is a denture that goes “over” something. In this picture a denture will go over and snap into / be secured by the two silver balls seen. These attachments (balls) are anchored in teeth, but dental implants are used in the same way to secure a denture as an overdenture.
This picture has nothing at all to do with Dental Implants in Tampa, or anywhere else for that matter. Information concerning the current cost of dental implants in my Palm Harbor Tampa area dentist office click: www.DentalImplantsCost.us
This picture was taken at Old Tyme Photo in St. Augustine Florida on December 29, 2011. My daughter Kendall Jordan Caputo, her cousin Brittany Fremento and two friends are seen posing.
I have been placing and restoring Dental Implants in my Dentist office in Palm Harbor FL since 1989, after opening my first Palm Harbor Fl dentist office on April 23, 1988. The type of implant dentistry done in my dentist office in Palm Harbor ranges from simple single tooth replacements to very complex full mouth reconstructions which include an Initial Exam, thorough treatment plan and often gum disease treatment, extractions, root canals, crowns/fixed bridgework, partials, dentures and cleanings or maintenance. These procedures can be done with or without dental sedation. Information concering the current cost of non-surgical gum disease treatment can be found by clicking: www.PeriodontalDisease.us If anyone would like to speak to either me or one of my staff, please call my Palm Harbor, Tampa area dentist office at: 727 789 1333
I have witnessed a change in patients once all of their teeth are removed and dentures are delivered. Most (not all) people acclimate to full upper dentures, few are comfortable with their lower dentures. As many dentists have seen, a considerable number of denture wearers will tolerate a substantial degree of pain and instability, simply because they believe this is as good as it gets.
The good news is that the denture landscape is changing and the latest treatment options offer great relief for patients. One of the most notable treatments gaining in popularity is denture stabilization with mini dental implants (MDIs), also referred to as small diameter dental implants. These dental implants offer the patient an affordable way to achieve long-lasting denture stabilization.
Mini Dental Implants were initially approved by the FDA in 1997. Research has shown long term sucess rates similar to regular dental implants. One of the most comprehensive studies followed more than 2500 mini dental implants and found a five year survival rate of 94.2%
More information including the current cost of dental implants and dental implants prices in my Palm Harbor, Tampa area dentist office can be found at: www.DentalImplantsCost.us
dentistry is when a dentist accepts a patient in any state of disease and restores them to the level of health, comfort and esthetics desired by this patient. I truely enjoyed treating this 80+ year old gentleman we will call “Batch”. Batch was restored in my Palm Harbor, Tampa FL area dentist office in the early 1990′s. His treatment included dental implants, a new full upper denture and a lower overdenture that was secured with dental implants. Maintenace was routine dental cleanings, as no gum disease developed.
For information including the current cost of dental implants and dental implants prices in my Palm Harbor FL dentist office click: www.DentalImplantsCost.us
In this picture we see the interim phase of a full mouth reconstruction. Comprehensive
Dentistry involves starting with a patient in any stage of dental disease and restoring them to a level of health, comfort, function and esthetic’s appropriate to their overall situation. This reconstruction involves: diagnosis and treatment planning of gum (periodontal) treatment, root canal therapy, extractions, sedation, fixed bridgework, removable partials, immediate dentures and dental implants. All dentistry done in one location, my Palm Harbor, Tampa FL area dentist office. More information including cost and prices for non surgical alternatives for the treatment of gum disease and the current cost of dental implants click: www.PeriodontalDisease.us www.DentalImplantsCost.us
An Overdenture is a denture that goes “over” something. The something are typically dental implants or teeth. Dental Implants are used when there are no healthy teeth remaining and a full denture is not secure enough. Most commonly the teeth would be endodontically (root canal) treated first, but some overdentures go over “copings”. In this picture of a patient’s lower jaw four (4) “balls” can be seen protruding from what is left of four endodontically treated teeth. Preparation to arrive to this point included sedation dentistry (the patient was sedated) while all other lower teeth were extracted, root canal therapy on these four (4) teeth, fabriction and delivery of an immediate denture. After adequated healing the definitive overdenture seen in previous blog pictures was fabricated. All dentistry done in my Palm Harbor, Tampa FL area dentist office.
For nonsurgical treatment options for gum disease including cost and prices: www.PeriodontalDisease.us
For current dental implants cost in my Palm Harbor dentist office: www.DentalImplantsCost.us