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Dental Implants Ask The Dentist Chris McFarland Question:
My teeth were all pulled at age 15. I am now 73. Bone loss has rendered my dentures unwearable.

So, 2 years ago I had fixed teeth put in. I am pleased with them. However, my dentist is unable to practice and the one that I went to wants to remove them.

PLEASE NO. A dental surgeon told me that I should remove them and have nothing. I still work part time and do lots of volunteer work.

How can I possibly manage without teeth? Surely, there is an answer for me. ... Visitor from OK

Answer:
I'm sorry that you are having to make a tough decision about your dental condition. Getting good advice when you have complex dentistry can be difficult.

Sometimes suggestions are made simply because the dentist is not familiar with the restoration you have in your mouth.

Advancements in reconstructive dentistry progress at an unrelenting pace. It is very probable there are treatment options available for you that many dentists aren't even aware of or aren't experienced in yet.

When people have a problem like this, I usually recommend they call the closest dental school and describe their situation to whoever answers the phone.

When it's a complex case like you describe, they are usually given an appointment with a graduate clinic. These people will have the expertise to give you options for your condition.

I'm confident they will be able to help, it's just reaching the right people.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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