Living With Missing Teeth or Uncomfortable Dentures

This is a fairly common complaint that I hear occasionally when I ask a new patient if they feel comfortable with their mouth.

The lady is missing several teeth and has worn a removable partial denture for years.  She had adapted to the removable teeth but several months ago, she removed them and for whatever reason she did not wear them for a month.  Later, when she tried to put them back in her mouth, the partial felt extremely tight and she was not able to wear it, so she decided that she would come to my office and get a new partial denture made.

When I examined her mouth I saw that her missing teeth could be replaced quickly and easily with dental implants or fixed bridges (fixed bridges are cemented and are not removable).  Fixed dental work is very comfortable and feels like your own teeth.

Without the removable teeth

Before Fixed Bridges

Fixed Bridges

So I prepared a treatment plan and explained the treatment and the costs.  The treatment was several thousand dollars and she said she could not justify spending that much money on her mouth.

I explained to her that he was still young and she could improve her quality of life and comfort by getting the type of dental work that allowed her to eat normal food and hard food without fear of hurting her gums or showing missing teeth in her mouth, and compared it to her spending the rest of her life on a wheelchair as opposed to being able to walk.

Fixed bridges are not removable

After Fixed Bridges

We showed her before and after pictures, and testimonials from  our patients that had the procedures done and were very happy with the results and she decided to go ahead with her treatment.  As to the cost of the treatment, we were able to show her financing options and she decided to use Care Credit, which allowed her to take six months to pay for her treatment without interest.



The moral of this story is:  Don’t spend the rest of your life settling for a lower quality of life with diminished ability to chew normal food, and the embarrassment of missing or removable teeth when you can feel comfortable and confident by investing in the long term care and treatment of missing teeth in your mouth. You’ll be happy you did.

Dentist In West Palm Beach
Carlos Boudet, DDS
1840 Forest Hill Blvd, Suite 204
West Palm Beach, Florida  33406
Phone: Call 561-968-6022



About Carlos Boudet, DDS, DICOI

Dr. Boudet is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia. After graduating with a DDS degree in 1980, he became a commissioned officer for the United States Public Health Service. When his tour of duty ended in 1982 he received an award for outstanding service. He was asked to serve as Dental Director for Florida Community Heath Centers, supervise the operation of four dental clinics around lake Okeechobee. He established his dental practice in West Palm Beach in 1983 and has been in the same location for 30 years. He is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a member of the Central Palm Beach County Dental Society and a chairman of the Advanced Crown and Bridge course of the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic. His articles on prosthodontics and implants have been published in several popular dental magazines.

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