Editor’s note: Dr. Josephs will be giving a free lecture on dental care for cancer patients at Wellington Regional Medical Center, Friday, June 11, at noon. To register, call Sharon Cohan at (561) 775-9954 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: I am missing all my back teeth. I now need to have all my remaining front teeth removed due to gum disease. I can’t afford implants but would like to have them in the future when I am better prepared financially. Can I wait?
Answer: Remember the 1967 movie The Graduate? Career advice to Dustin Hoffman: “Plastics.” I say: “root banking.”
Once the roots are removed, the jaw bone will atrophy, lo sing the bone you will need down the line for your implants. Root banking consists of removing the nerves of the hopeless teeth via root canal, sectioning the top part of the teeth flush to the gum line and then making a new denture. You keep the roots, you keep your bone. Later, the roots are removed when you are ready for implants. For a free guide to implants and implant-supported dentures, contact us.
Dr. Josephs practices Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry in Palm Beach and can be reached at email@example.com (888-378-6684) or visit www.palmbeachdentist.com
by Dr. Mitchell A. Josephs