I have had a dental fear my entire life. As a result, most of my teeth are missing or broken. This has caused me to become sort of a hermit out of embarrassment. I need to get the rest of them removed and have dentures placed so I can live life in public again. Do I go to a general dentist or an oral surgeon?
I would go to a general dentist who does tooth extraction surgeries and the restorations on a regular basis. The surgery for denture preparation isn’t an extremely complicated surgery. But, there does need to be good communication between the surgeon and the dentist to do it properly. So, it’s usually better if they’re the same person.
I’d call around to a few offices and ask what they normally do without telling them what your preference is. That way they don’t pretend they’re qualified when they’re not.
Getting Dentures When You Have Dental Anxiety
You mentioned you’ve avoided the dentist for a while because of dental fear. In that case, I’d also look for a dentist who does sedation dentistry, specifically oral conscious sedation. That way you can just sleep through the procedure. Many patients find it completely changes the way they view dentistry and are able to go for regular visits again.
If you have the budget for it, I’m going to suggest you get implant supported dentures instead.
As you can see from the illustration on the left, it puts implants into your jawbone and then dentures can attach to it.
It will help you avoid the problems that come with complete dentures. However, you’ll want to make sure you get a dentist with significant dental implant training.
It’s an advanced procedure. You can look at Dr. Murphree’s qualifications to get an idea of what type of dentist you’d want to do your implants.
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