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#61 of 63 Old 11-21-2007, 11:28 AM
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Implants are a process - and it can involve trying to regenerate bone growth in the jaw so that the post has a stable "base" so to speak. (I used to work for a dental office that did all sorts of specialty work.) If there is sufficient bone in which to place the post, I think the post has to sit about two weeks before they can put the implant on it. But implanting the post is the hardest part of the procedure.

I would think that implants would be covered as part of reconstructive surgery, only because having a correct "bite" is important for your head/neck/spinal alignment. If any part of your jaw is involved in the reconstruction (and it sounds like it definitely is) then I would push for implants. But dentures might be cheaper and quicker to get - and you'll find that out at your consultation.

Best of luck to you, KDM - I think you'll be very happy with the results of either dentures or implants. And I've been following your recent events, and let me say that you are blessed with both strength and grace, and I wish you the best in your future path to a wonderful smile! You will have PLENTY to smile about in the future. and
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My dh has a genetic condition that effects the enamel in his teeth. We're on state insurance, and they won't pay for him to get dentures until literally every single one of his teeth have fallen out, or he's hospitalized because of an infection. The most they'll pay for is to have his teeth taken out one by one.. whenever they cause debilitating pain. : We've been waiting for years for them to approve dentures. He's 33.

It would improve his self esteem so much. The poor guy never smiles at all anymore and when he laughs he automatically puts his hand over his mouth in a little "tee hee" sorta way because he's ashamed. The kids learned really fast that it made daddy sad to talk about his teeth, and that he wasn't to be used as an "example" of why you should always brush. (because really it has nothing to do with hygiene)

And now, after 6 pregnancies and nursing 4.5 years.. my teeth are starting to rot in my own head. I go to the dental clinic to hopefully get another abscessed and broken tooth pulled next week, I'm 29.

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I've had upper dentures since my early 40's. With 10 plus years experience with them I say go for it. Mine are a vast improvement over the mouth full of painful rotten teeth that I endured for years. I know you won't want to but the best thing is too have no teeth in until you have gone three months without and your gums have healed and shrunk. That way your new teeth will fit great and there will be no sores. It took me about 24 hours to get used to them. They are no problem at all except you better remember to cover your mouth when you sneeze! I don't use anything to hold them in and I can eat corn on the cob and apples fine!:
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