After more problems with my teeth than I care to elaborate on, I am going to be left with most of my lower teeth and only my two front upper teeth. My main question is, would I be better off with removing those two teeth and getting dentures on my upper arch or keep those two teeth and work around them with partials? Those two teeth are healthy, but I cannot get a dentist to give me a good opinion one way or the other. I keep hearing, “Do whatever you want.” But, what I want is to know the best case scenario. I don’t really find the partial dentures very comfortable. I keep them out and mostly chew with those upper two teeth unless it is something that is too difficult for just those. But, if natural teeth are best I can keep doing it.
Implant Supported Dentures
You’re in quite a spot. In most circumstances, it is better to save your natural teeth. However, this situation is a bit different. Your upper teeth are going to hit those lower teeth when you’re chewing. Additionally, you are using those teeth more than usual and carrying the duty of the other teeth. I would not expect them to stay healthy at that rate. Dentures will be a little easier on those teeth, so that will work out well for you.
I did say in most circumstances it is better to keep your natural teeth, but that is more urgent if you are talking about lower teeth, not upper teeth. When your lower teeth are removed, it is more serious. This is because when your bottom teeth are removed, your body senses that and begins to resorb the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere in your body where you will get more use out of them. The big problem with that is that your jawbone slowly shrinks as a result. If you place dental implants in your lower jaw, it helps to preserve the bone. Without that, you will eventually not have enough jawbone left in on your lower jaw to keep your dentures in.
For upper dentures, that bone is not as essential because they are held in by suction. I would say, in your unique case, you would be better off removing those last two teeth. You’ll be much more comfortable and able to eat a bit better. Of course, getting implant-supported dentures is always better and will increase your quality of life, especially your chewing capacity. But, they are more expensive.
One thing to note. Whether or not you choose the removable dentures or the implant supported dentures, you will want them to be attractive. Make sure you see a dentist who creates beautiful smiles. One easy way to do that is to look on mynewsmile.com, They screen cosmetic dentists for their technical and artistic ability.
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