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Just had upper teeth removed - awaiting dentures: I can not remember for sure, but I believe my dentist is making impressions as well.

Anyways, I am 26 and have genetically bad teeth. The dentist office I go to is completely insensitive and didn't inform me they were actually removing all my upper teeth.

I have been without upper teeth now for 3 weeks! When I go back they said they will remove the lowers. I can't go on this way without ANY teeth for another few weeks after that.

My question is are they going to give me some sort of at least upper false teeth when they remove my bottom teeth in 3 weeks? And if I demand or politely ask for sumthing of that nature on that day ahead of time will I get it?

I work in customer service and need teeth. ... Visitor from KS

Answer:
Most accomplished dentists who know how to formulate denture treatments that look and feel great would NEVER recommend or provide a treatment where the patient goes toothless..... unless desired by the patient.

The number of options a dentist can recommend is usually a reflection of the access to technologies that the dentist has. Some dentists can do "more" than other dentists simply because they have invested in materials or technologies that other dentists haven't invested in.

The prospect of a dentist removing teeth without telling the patient is unimaginable.

If "communication" has been poor up to this point... then it is reasonable to expect it may continue after you receive your dentures and the adjustment phase is underway.

If you can, get a consult or two with accomplished denture dentists who LOVE making dentures.... or, better yet, get a consult or two with a Prosthodontist.

One of our staff members had ALL of his teeth removed in one day and had "temporary bridgework" and a temporary denture to use. Everything was done in one appointment. 5 hours later, the patient left with a mouthful of teeth, bone grafting and implants. Months later the temporaries were replaced with the "permanent" versions of "new teeth"

The inconveniences you have experienced so far don't need to happen.... with the right dentist.

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