Dentures vs Partial vs Implants: My mother, who has worn a partial denture for the past few years, has been informed that she's going to lose all but three of her remaining teeth.
She has been told that a new partial would be in her best interest; however, she's suffered from poor oral health and periodontal disease for years, and to invest in a new partial that's built around these few remaining teeth seems risky.
Can you advise, would it be better to pull her remaining teeth and have implants put it? ... Visitor from Colorado
There are too many unknowns, what is your mom's health, what are the 3 remaining teeth like, do they have good roots (favorable crown to root ration), what is her smile like etc.
Sometimes if there are no financial limitations we would remove the teeth and place implants to support a bar. The partial would clip on to this bar in a very stable fashion-an excellent choice.
Sometimes roots can be saved, root canal therapy can be performed and ball attachments can go into the roots to clip on to a denture or partial.
Sometimes a traditional partial may be the best option if finances are limited - implant treatment will be several times the cost of performing a partial denture.
It is best to go to a dentist you trust, or get a couple opinions from dentists that restore implants and do root overdentures to discuss costs, advantages, disadvantages, risks, benefits and alternatives. Good luck with your decision.
Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218