Prosthodontics/Dr. Elsafi

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I have a lower cast metal partial that has all the teeth on it except for the left premolar, and right molar. I have a lot of reabsorbed ridge, but a pros. and an oral surgeon said I have plenty enough bone for large or mini implant, whatever budget would allow. My question is I want mini's because I can wear my denture after placement and I am on a fixed income. Do you think I could have them placed with my three year old metal partial, would it be hard to take them in and out, or should I have a new lower denture fabricated? thanks

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I have to say that I am against the use of mini implants to support permanent prosthesis simply because clinical evidence on long term results of these implants is not available.
So you are thinking about having these mini implants temporarily till your financial situation gets better then go for it, otherwise, I won't recommend having them.

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Dr. Elsafi

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Mohamed Elsafi, DDS, MS, FACP

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I am a board-certified Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. I do head and neck prosthetic reconstruction for patients with congenital and acquired defects. This also includes trauma and cancer patients. I can answer questions about prosthetic rehabilitation of the head and neck area. I am also a board-certified prosthodontist and can answer questions about dental reconstruction including crowns, bridges, veneers, partial and complete dentures and implant restorations. I can also answer questions about TMJ problems. I can not answer about surgical reconstruction.

Experience

I am a board-certified prosthodontist and maxillofacial prosthodontist and have been practicing denitstry for over 15 years.

Organizations
American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. American College of Prosthodontists. American Dental Association.

Education/Credentials
I received my dental degree from University of Southern California. I did my prosthodontics residency at University of Florida and my maxillofacial prosthetics fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Awards and Honors
Chief Fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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