I have a serious fear of the dentist and have dealt with this ever since I was a kid. Now I am 50 years old and most of my teeth are missing or broken. I have decided to get dentures. Do I need to see the general dentist first or the oral surgeon to remove my remaining teeth?
I have to admit that I’m extremely embarrassed by the state of my dental health. It has kept me from social engagements and other activities. I’m ready to have my teeth fixed so I can get on with my life.
- Paul from Michigan
There are many dentists out there that can take care of all your needs, including the remaining tooth extractions, the oral surgery, as well as the new dentures. As far as the surgery required before dentures can be placed, it is not complicated. Give the dentist a call and simply ask them their normal procedure for dentures and don’t give them any idea of your preference. If you find a dentist that can take care of the surgery, it is very likely they are experienced in doing dentures.
Since you also mentioned how you deal with dental fear, it would be an added bonus to find a dentist that offers sedation dentistry.
You may have the impression that there is a lot of coordination with both the oral surgeon and the dentist, but that is largely for an appliance like an immediate denture. For this treatment, the denture is placed the same day your teeth are removed. Many patients like this because you won’t have any time pass where you are without teeth. Even if this is not what you decide is right for you, general dentists usually give denture patients a better, more comfortable fit compared to surgeons.
There is nothing wrong with going to an oral surgeon to have your teeth removed if that is your preference. Just be sure you see the general dentist first so all of the steps are coordinated with your best interests in mind.
I hope this information was helpful in answering your questions.
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