I have been afraid of the dentist since I was a child. As a result, I only went to the dentist when a tooth was so bad it needed to be removed. Now I am to the point that I need dentures. For the tooth extractions, do I go to the dentist or the oral surgeon?
Any dentist should be able to do the tooth extraction surgery for your tooth extractions. I would go to a dentist who could do both the extractions and create and place your dentures. You don’t want to go to two separate practitioners for this. Don’t call the office and ask them if the dentist is able to do the pre-denture surgery as well. Instead, just ask what the normal procedure is for that office. This way you are getting someone with experience and not someone who says that just to get your business.
Because of your experiences with the dentist that led to your dental anxiety, I am also going to recommend you see a sedation dentist for your procedure. This is administered by a pill and will give you a pain-free/anxiety-free experience. There is no need to put you through any more trauma.
I do want to make sure you understand that your jawbone will begin to shrink after your teeth are removed. After about ten or so years, you will no longer have enough jawbone left in your body to retain your dentures. The way to prevent that is to anchor the dentures to dental implants. This is something I would discuss with your dentist before making a final decision.
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