Q: I have had dentures for over twenty years and am happy with them. Why does my dentist keep pushing implants? Irv in Lake Worth
A: In your best Richard Nixon impression, repeat after me: “My dentist is not a crook!”.
Dentures are not a cure for replacing missing teeth. They are only done for reasons of limited finances. Not only do implants stop the dentures from bouncing around, but once an implant is imbedded in the bone, it stops the resorption, or atrophy of the bone that leads to the sucken-in, gaunt collapse of the face, chin and lips. You may be happy now, but when the dentures start to loosen, it might be too late to have implants due to inadequate bone support.
There have been studies that show chronic irritation of plastic dentures rubbing against the gums can lead to pre-cancerous cell changes in the tissues.
If your funds are limited and cannot have several implants to anchor permanent teeth, than go for two to four implants to anchor your dentures. For a free booklet on Implant Overdentures, email us.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss Dr. Mitchell Josephs’ next FREE seminar:
“Teeth for Life III”: Hi Tech Implants, Bone Grafts and Crown and Bridge work on Friday December 13th at 10am at the Boynton Beach Jewish Community Ctr. Call 561-740-9000 ext. 200. Seating is limited; call today! For a preview video of these seminars, drop us an email.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant Cosmetic and General Dentistry. Dr. Josephs is on staff at West Palm Hospital (Formerly Columbia Hospital) and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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