Oral Health

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Posted by: Anon | 2010-06-15

Q.

Partials

Hi,

Had the top molars on both sides removed about a year ago. Still have front 4 teeth..
My bottom teeth are still there.
Dentist mentioned that my bottom teeth were pushed by wisdoms and now they are too long, and therefore when I bite down, my bottom teeth ALMOST touch the gums on top jaw, and therefore a partial denture wont be able to fit.
They mentioned something about either shaving my bottom row of teeth, or shifting my jaw???????????
Please can you explain what this all means, and will I ever be able to have a partial placed? and what exactly are these procedures all about???

Thanks Mr Professional  -)

Expert's Reply

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Oral health expert

by "shaving" the teeth- the dentist will remove some tooth structure so that there is more space for a denture. If by shifting the jaw he means an osteotomy- this involves an operation whereby the bones of the upper/lower jaw are manipulated so that -amongst other things- the spacing is changed.
It is difficult to say whether you will be bale to have a partial placed without a proper examination.

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Posted by: dental expert | 2010-06-15

by "shaving" the teeth- the dentist will remove some tooth structure so that there is more space for a denture. If by shifting the jaw he means an osteotomy- this involves an operation whereby the bones of the upper/lower jaw are manipulated so that -amongst other things- the spacing is changed.
It is difficult to say whether you will be bale to have a partial placed without a proper examination.

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