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Q: Dr. Crapo: About five years ago I had an upper denture
made. My upper teeth weren’t good so I needed to do that. I had lost my molars on the top and bottom, but my lower front teeth and small side teeth seemed okay, at least to me. I saw a dentist to see about implants for my lower back spaces but was told I didn’t have enough bone. I decided to get a second opinion and was told that I’d need special bone grafting to make enough bone for the
implants. At that appointment, he found I had quite a bit of work because of
decay. I got that fixed up and then not knowing what to do; I stayed away from
the dentist for four years. Two days ago, I went back because I needed my teeth
cleaned (they were overdue). When the dentist saw me, he found I had more
serious decay. I was surprised but not shocked. He told me that in as much as I
had quite a bit of decay since the last time, it might be throwing good money
after bad to fix things up because I seem to get cavities faster than most. He
told me that to avoid decay in the future and have good teeth, I’d best
sacrifice the teeth and put in implants. I don’t quite understand. He showed me
how it worked but I’m not sure I could explain it to my husband. He said it
could be done all in one day. Is that possible? I’m in my early seventies. I
want back teeth on the bottom to better chew my food. Will this procedure do

it?

A: From your history it would seem that tooth
decay has been a lifelong problem. If this is the reason for the loss of your
teeth over the years, and you find yourself with a “heroic”, expensive fix of
your remaining teeth, then I agree, an implant bridge is a good way to go.

If I have understood you correctly, you have ten lower teeth remaining. Because
they are in a poor state of repair, they would all be removed in order to place
the implants. It is because you’ve got these ten teeth that you have enough
bone to place the necessary implants. They will be placed in such a way that
molar teeth can be added to the lower bridge, so you can have teeth in the
lower jaw to function against your upper molar teeth. It is an innovative
design that allows this to be done when bone in the molar area is inadequate
for implants. Another great blessing is that you are never without teeth – and

teeth that are fixed in place never come out!

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