Monthly Archives: September 2016

Dental Implants for Teeth Falling Out

My mom’s teeth have just started falling out. We don’t know why. She doesn’t have any cavities or anything like that. We’ll need to replace her teeth, but I’m not sure the best option, given that she’s lost four teeth and I don’t know if more will come out. I’ve heard good things about dental implants. What do you think?

Gregory L. – Mississippi

Gregory,

It sounds like your mother is suffering from very advanced gum disease. Though dental implants are a fantastic treatment for replacing missing teeth, they’re not a good fit for your mother. They only work for patients with healthy teeth and gums.

You can have some dentures made for her while you address the issue with her gum disease.

After that is dealt with, if you still want dental implants, she’ll likely also need bone grafting to make it possible.

First priority is getting her mouth healthy.

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Can I Do Sedation Unaccompanied?

I need some dental work done and will need to be sedated. The dentist said I’ll need to have someone drive me to and from the appointment. I know it sounds pathetic, but I don’t have anyone who can take me. I’m a single mom. I work in a cubicle and don’t know anyone. I never go out. I don’t even have someone I could call a friend. Will the dentist even know if I just take a bus home?

Darcy P. – Texas

Darcy,

I’m afraid you won’t be in any condition to take a bus, or even a cab. You will not be coherent. It wouldn’t be safe. In fact, it will be down right dangerous. Because of that, most dentists will be certain they talk to your ride before you leave.

Depending on the procedure, you might just be able to do nitrous oxide and a local injection. With nitrous oxide, you’re able to leave on your own. However, it really depends on the procedure.

If your dentist feels like you really need the stronger, oral conscious sedation, you will need to have someone come with you. Is there a relative or someone from work that can stay with you?  If there really isn’t anyone, don’t put off the procedure. That could be life threatening.  You could call a local church explaining your situation. I’m sure there’s someone who’d be willing to help.

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