Hi, Many years ago


Many years ago I had a long bridge made for my upper left side. Unfortunately the back tooth broke so I had to have most of the bright removed. He did leave two teeth and made a crown to anchor it. So in reality I now have 4 upper teeth, (2 front & 2 right side) one crown and two bridge left side. But the bridge is very loose and needs to be removed. My dentist doesn’t seem to realise that the crown and bridge are made as one. So when he removes those I shall be left with just 4 front teeth..horror! I’m low income so know I can have a standard denture made, but shall probably have a ‘flexible’ one for £600. But is it really necessary to wait 2 weeks for the healing and a further 3 weeks for the denture to be in situ? Is there no quicker route? Also, how will the denture be anchored? Will I have clips showing on my front teeth?
Thanks for any advice you can give me. I am procrastinating about starting this work even though I have a very sore gum where the bridge needs to be removed.

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Asked on 05/06/2013 12:00 am
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The best way to do this would be with a standard NHS acrylic immediate denture made prior to removing the teeth and fitted on the day of extraction
Your gums will shrink rapidly at the extraction site for approx 3 months at which time you can have the denture modified or another made
If you are on a low income you may be entitled to help with NHS costs but if not you are looking at just over £200 for a denture
In my experience "flexible" dentures, although comfortable, tend to cover your remaining teeth excessively and lead to their early loss which means that you will be left trying to cope with a full denture much earlier than using traditional dentures. It is also difficult (if not impossible) to add teeth to them leading to greater long term expense

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Answered on 11/06/2013 12:00 am