If you are thinking of having some or all of your teeth extracted for partial or complete dentures, you should be aware of the four most common mistakes to avoid.
This is significant because the decisions you make today will have an impact on the quality of your life for the rest of your life. Remember, once your teeth are gone, they’re gone, and you’ll have to deal with the repercussions for the rest of your life.
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Mistake #1: Failing to recognise how your decisions effect your future.
Many individuals are unaware that when teeth are gone, the surrounding bone begins to slowly and steadily disintegrate away. This means that if you have your teeth extracted, you will have very little jaw bone remaining in the locations where your teeth are missing at some point in your life. The more teeth that are missing, the worse the situation becomes.
As a result of this bone loss, various major issues arise. First and foremost, your face appears compressed, making you appear considerably older. Furthermore, after the bone has been removed, there is nothing to support dentures or partial dentures, making them difficult or impossible to wear.
Eventually, there isn’t enough bone left to support dental implants, and you’re stuck for the rest of your life. That is exactly what happened to a patient I saw just a few weeks ago.
This poor lady was 68 years old, had 20-year-old dentures, and the majority of her jaw bones had gone. She despises her dentures because she can’t eat with them, they won’t stay in, they float around, and they hurt her mouth.
Worst of all, she avoids social situations because she is humiliated and terrified that her teeth would come out or move. Because of these issues, she feels like an outcast and is depressed. Unfortunately, I had to inform her that there was insufficient bone to install micro implants. As a result, she is doomed to spend the rest of her life in misery. It didn’t have to be this way, but it’s too late now.
Many patients have their teeth extracted without fully comprehending the long-term repercussions. They frequently have the mistaken belief that removing their teeth will result in a life free of dental problems. Unfortunately, this is an incorrect assumption.
A denture is a large piece of plastic with teeth that fits inside your mouth. Your tongue and lips move it about, it floats, rocks, food gets beneath it, chewing is uncomfortable, and there are sore patches. And, no matter how awful it is, it will only grow worse as the jaw bone melts.
Because they latch onto your remaining teeth, partial dentures are more sturdy. At the same time, they contain unsightly metal arms that clasp on your teeth and place undue strain on them. If you lose a critical tooth, the partial will no longer function.
Before you get your teeth extracted, consider where you want to be in 5, 10, or 20 years. Make sure you comprehend the long-term consequences of your decisions now.
Mistake #2: Failure to use tiny dental implants.
The micro implant is a titanium metal post inserted into the jaw bone. Dentures or partial dentures can be affixed to the implant, or new porcelain teeth might be glued onto the implant.
Mini implants enable you to replace missing teeth with crowns, dentures, or partial dentures, which eliminates all of the usual issues. Most significantly, dental implants prevent bone deterioration, just like your natural teeth did.
If you have your teeth extracted without placing implants, you might expect to be unhappy with no jaw bone and dentures that don’t work in the future. Then you’ll be miserable for the rest of your life. That is not a good way to spend your golden years.
Mini implants can be implanted practically anywhere without surgery, with little discomfort, and at a low cost. There is no lengthy healing period, and you can usually eat with them the same day they are implanted.
The most common error made after having teeth extracted is failing to have implants installed to prevent your jaw from disintegrating and to anchor new teeth. In fact, I believe in this so strongly that I will not even take on a denture case unless micro implants are included in the therapy.
Mistake #3: Failure to put bone graft material when teeth are extracted.
When a tooth is extracted, the bone and gum tissue frequently collapse into the extraction site. This results in a deformity that is unsightly and makes rehabilitation more difficult. More significantly, you may be left with insufficient bone to support an implant.
After the tooth is extracted, the bone grafting surgery involves inserting synthetic bone into the socket. This keeps the bone and gum tissue from collapsing and encourages the creation of fresh, robust bone that can support an implant.
When teeth are pulled, bone grafting is rarely performed, which, in my opinion, is a huge error. When teeth are extracted, bone graft material should be used, especially in places where micro implants will be inserted.
Mistake #4: Failure to plan the case ahead of time.
If you’re going to have your teeth extracted, make sure you choose a dentist who thoroughly plans everything out BEFORE the teeth are extracted. That may appear to be common sense, but that is not always the case.
What you don’t want is a situation in which the dentist takes impressions of your mouth, sends them to a low-cost dental lab, where some high school kid produces you a “one size fits all” denture, your teeth are extracted, the dentures are placed, and you’re out the door. That’s not going to work out.
What you want is a dentist who will thoroughly examine your situation and collaborate with you to determine:
- Which teeth are erupting and which can be saved?
- Will bone grafts be used, and if so, where will they be placed?
- Will tiny implants be implanted, how many will be implanted, and where and how many will be implanted?
- Will the replacement teeth be cemented crowns on implants, bridges, partial dentures, dentures, or some combination of the above?
- What will the final position of the teeth be, whether dentures, partials, bridges, or crowns?
It is critical to get the ideal end result BEFORE extracting the teeth and placing the implants. Preparation is what ensures that everything goes well in the end.
To summarise, here’s how you can prevent terrible mistakes and give yourself the finest potential future.
- Choose sure you understand your mouth’s goals, the therapies accessible to you, and the long-term repercussions of the treatment decisions you make.
- Place small implants as needed to keep the jaw bone from disintegrating and to secure your new dentures, partials, or crowns for a sturdy, strong, and comfortable result.
- Have bone grafting done as needed to minimise bone collapse during healing and to ensure that you have strong bone to sustain implants.
- Choose a dentist who will plan your case ahead of time and start with the end goal in mind.