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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Extract upper central incisors - 85 year-old

10/01/2009

Question:

My mother, who resides in a nursing facility in Florida (I am in Chicago), received an oral exam, at my request, by a local DDS. I was informed that the following courses of treatment were recommended: (1) extraction of the #8 & #9, (2) repair of an existing upper partial, and (3) deep cleaning.....I am concerned about the removal of her upper central incisors. Simply put, I am concerned about the impact that such extractions will have upon her self-image.....having no front teeth. For reference, my mother was for 35-yrs a cosmetics & personal appearance specialist for upper-end women`s stores in New York and Chicago like Bonwit Teller, Harvy Bendel, etc... In short, there are some vanity issues here.

Options? Questions I should ask? Assurances I should seek?

Answer:

Options. Is difficult to tell without looking to the patient.

Questions you should ask:

Assurances you should seek?

None, is up to the dentist. Usually for repairs or modification of existing partial there is not warranty, if is not redone.

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Response by:

Alfredo  Hernandez, DDS, MS Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University