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Hello again, Dr. Kaufman


I'm following up on the your reply, where you agreed that to leave an empty space following extraction of 2 teeth  at the end of a row of teeth, is not acceptable.
The dentist suggested that a denture plate, removable at night, is one solution.

What do you think?

Thanks

Chris

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Dear Chris:
Sorry for the delay.
Your dentist is correct.  One way to replace missing teeth is with a removable partial denture.
However, this is the entry level restoration.
A well fitted metal based, removable partial denture can serve you well for many years.  However, a one sided one, as it seems to be in your case, is much more uncomfortable and since it is imbalanced, it can result in damage to the rest of your teeth.  A transitional (plastic) denture IS NOT a final restoration and a "flexible" acrylic denture is not a long term restoration either.
The best way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants.
I recommend that you go to the specialist in this area: the Prosthodontist for a proper qualified second opinion.  Some prosthodontists also perform the implant surgery for you.  In my office I place the implants surgically and restore them with proper crown and bridges.
The only draw back of implant therapy is COST!
This is why I recommend that you go the the expert for an opinion first.  It will give you an idea as to the proper cost of the procedure and the affordability to you.
If you cannot afford a prosthodontist, your general dentist might be able to restore the implants that his oral surgeon or periodontist can place for you.  But go to a prosthodontist first.
www.gotoapro.org will have a link to a prosthodontist near you.
Best of luck,

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I can answer any question from simple routine dentistry to very complex dentistry with emphasis on reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. My expertise is in co-ordination of very complex treatment plans with other dental specialists or as a one-man-team, since I have extensive training in Prosthodontics, Surgical Implantology, and orthodontics.

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Over a decade in private practice of Surgical Implantology and Prosthodontics. Founder and owner of Prosthodontics & Implant Surgery of Manhattan, PC. Clinical Assistant Professor at the Post-Graduate Department of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Lecture weekly since 1999 on advanced Implant Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Former clinical assistant professor of Dental Radiology at the NYU College of Dentistry. Former clinical and lecture faculty at Lincoln Hospital, Dental residency program. Former clinical and lecture faculty at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY) dental residency program. Lecture nationally on Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Organizations
Memeber of the American College of Prosthodontics. Memeber of the Acacdemy of Osseointegration. Member or the Omikron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honors Dental Society. Member of the American Dental Education Association.

Education/Credentials
Graduated with Honors from New York University College of Dentistry. Post-Graduate training and certificate in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Post-Graduate training and ceritificate in Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry. Honors-program in Comprehensive and Applied Practice Management. Honors-program in Orthodontics.

Awards and Honors
NYU Cervice award to the community. OKU honor society. National Dean's List. National Who's Who.

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