Q: I am in need of having most of my natural teeth removed and then replaced with dental implants and permanent porcelain crowns. I was told that I must where a set of removable temporary dentures for several months. I am in a profession that will simply not allow me to have anything removable in my mouth, and yet I must have some type of temporary teeth to look and speak normally. What can I do? Glenda in Boca
A: If we were playing the classic game show: “What’s my Line?”, I would guess that you are a musician in the woodwinds or brass section. (Clarinet, trumpet etc. ) My first instrument was trumpet, but when I realized that I could not play any Van Halen songs on it, I changed to guitar 35 years ago.
In a FEW scenarios, patients can avoid a “flipper” (transitional removable denture) by adding what I call: “sacrificial implants”; i.e. the placement of small diameter implants in areas that would not be good for the permanent implants, but would offer enough support for a non-removable, horseshoe arch of acrylic teeth. These implants, destined to fail, would be removed when the final, permanent implants are healed and ready to have their permanent crowns attached.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Mitchell Josephs will be giving two FREE LECTURES on Incision-Free Dental Implant Surgery, Digital Crowns & Veneers, Choosing a Dental Office and NEW TOPICS: “Laser Lip and Gum Treatment” and “Why Botox at the Dental Office?”, at the West Palm Beach Downtown Library on Clematis St. on Thursday January 10th at 6:30 PM. To register, call 561-868-7701. And, on Friday February 1st at 10:30 AM at the Boynton J.C.C. on Jog Rd. Call 561-259-3016 to register.
Attendees will receive a FREE copy of his book: “Tooth Talk”. Seating is limited; these seminars fill up rapidly; call today. Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry in Palm Beach and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM1230 (www.radiotoothtalk.com) Dr. Josephs 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.