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Dentures or Implants? Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
New Dentures or Implants: My brother got dentures 5 months ago.

Since then his tongue protrudes out of his mouth when he doesn't wear his dentures. He can't wear the bottom ones. Because of this his tongue hangs out of his mouth.

He has been diagnosed with endentulous dyskinesia. He was told that medicine would not help. No one seems to know any thing about this problem with the tongue.

Could you please advise us about whether he should have a new set of dentures made and two implants to hold them or get 6 implants and have a prosthesis made that is attached to the implants that doesn't come out? His tongue doesn't come out when he has his dentures in. ... Visitor from AL

If the dentures were made well and you are confident in your dentist, implants would be a great idea.

If you can afford 5 or more implants and get a "fixed" restoration that is ideal. Four implants with a bar is great and if all you can handle is two that would be better than nothing but may not be enough to overcome this overactive tongue.

If the dentures are too restrictive and don't allow the tongue enough room it can contribute to his inability to wear the lowers so you should have the dentures evaluated by a prosthodontist for a second opinion. best of luck

Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
Wisconsin Prosthodontics
Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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