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Old 11-08-2007, 11:37 AM   #1
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Oral Surgery

I am seeing an oral surgeon on Monday to discuss having implants placed in my lower gums that are to hold my bottom dentures in place. I have worn dentures for over more than 50 years and the bone is wearing down. I've been told it is better to have 2 posts implanted on either side rather than one. Can you help me with the questions I should ask of the oral surgeon. Thank you for your attention to my concerns. Donna

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Old 11-08-2007, 03:14 PM   #2
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Re: Oral Surgery

Are you a good candidate for implants in terms of overall health and bone density?

Will you require bone grafts?

Will you be sedated - if so, with what (nitrous oxide, valium, etc?) and how will it be administered? How long will the procedure take?

How long will the implants require to heal before the posts and denture can be attached?

Will you be able to wear your current denture after the implants are inserted and during the healing period before the posts and new denture are attached?

Will you need a new denture? If so, who makes it, him or do you need to go to another dr? Obviously if you need a new denture by another dr the price he quotes for the implant surgery will not include the denture.

What happens if they fail to heal properly or become infected?

Also, if you are taking any meds for any other health conditions - ask if they could interefere with the healing process or bone density issues or anethesia being used. Ask about metal allergies and what type of metal the implants will be.

Ask for an itemized list of fees/costs of everything required so you know up front what to expect in total. Ask if periodic visists for evaluation as the implants heal are included. Most drs only want partial payment up front and then final payment once the posts and prosthetics (partial, bridge, denture) are completed.

Hope that helps some. Good Luck.

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