5 questions to ask your dentist about dentures

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About 178 million Americans have lost at least one tooth to decay, injury, disease or wear, according to the American College of Prosthodontics. Partial and complete dentures can help those suffering the effects of tooth loss. "It can be a great overall health benefit because there's a strong connection between oral infections and heart disease and strokes," says Dr. Mark Fixari of the highly rated Fixari Family Dental in Columbus, Ohio. If you're considering dentures, ask your dentist these questions:

1. Does your practice specialize in or frequently work with patients who need dentures?

2. Will I be able to keep some of my teeth or should I consider a full set of dentures?

3. What will be the total cost of the procedures and prosthesis, and will follow-up visits for adjustments be included?

4. How should I care for my dentures in order to avoid infection and prolong their life?

5. What can I expect from my dentures in terms of stability - ease of chewing and talking - and appearance?

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I have full dentures since 39 years of age. I am looking to replace them after 30 years. Do you have a list of dentists in the Mount Prospect, IL 60056 area. This would be a new dentist for me since my original denitst was in Racine, Wi.

My husband needs a lower inplants. Do you have a list of dentists in my area that specialize in this?


Wife is preparing for getting one tooth dental implant. Don't hear much about them. Very expensive (about 4K)but seems less chance of uncomfortableness than dentures. Any comments?

I've been thinking about getting dentures. I have MS and my teeth are breaking down. I've always taken good care of my teeth so this has been hard.

Looking for a dentist to adjust my husband's denture. Not pleased with the one who made them. Need a better fit

Paid for dentures in advance; adjustments in progress. Developed allergic reaction. What recourse?

Thankyou for this information. Coming at a very useful time for our family.

I have a good upper denture, but a row of 3 molars is very dull. Can they be improved for a modest price?

Thank you for this information.

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