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I have been told my dentures will not stay in because of my gums. I have had two opinions, and one said the only recourse is to get "snaps".

Right now I have to apply denture cream every time before I eat.

(I am 71 years old).

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Dear Tom,

I don't see a question here.  So I'll assume that you want to know if you need "snaps"  or even if you need new dentures.

About "snaps", which I am interpreting to mean "implants" that will hold your dentures firmly in place, as well as prevent them from placing undue pressure on your gums that often leads to bone loss in your jaws.
I recommend these to patients who have difficulty wearing dentures without them.  If they cannot chew, if they are constantly sore, or if they are loose, and if the patient cannot or will not use cream or paste to help hold them in.  Also implants will allow me to remove the part of the upper denture that covers the palate.  Many people say that this palate cover does not allow them to taste food as they used to.  If you choose snaps, know that the soft part of the snaps will need to be changed about once a year.  So much for snaps.

If a new denture is offered,there are several questions I ask:
Is it comfortable?  Does it create sores in your mouth?  Does it look good (is the look acceptable to the patient)?  Are you satisfied with the way it chews?  Are you satisfied with the way it fits your mouth?  Dies it retain harmful fungus and bacteria inside the acrylic (giving an orange-to-brown-to-black appearance that can't be removed from the denture)?  Does it cause inflammatory response in your gums that you cannot feel, but that i can see?

If any of these questions are answered in a way that is detrimental to my patient, I will usually recommend a new set of dentures.  If you have worn your old dentures comfortably for several years, new dentures, even if they are made well, often take some time getting used to.

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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.

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Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center (floridaimplantcenter.com). On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (nobhilldentalcenter.com), I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, Atlantic Coast District Dental Society, Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, Alpha Omega Alumni Association, and American Association of Dental Implantologists. Formerly, American Academy of General Dentistry, Michigan Dental Association, Macomb Dental Society, Detroit District Dental Society, Tri-County Dental Health Council (a charitable dental care organization)

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"How To Save Money At The Dentist" Going to press soon.

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Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology from Wayne State University Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Detroit College of Dentistry Adjunct Clinical Professor, Special Needs Department, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Membership in The Vedder Honors Society

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