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I have a partial from reconstructive jaw surgery. What in your opinion is the quickest, easiest way to finally be rid of it. DIY.
Thanks for your time.
Treknology (author)  stephenblair3 years ago
I withdrew my comments from the relevant i'ble because despite my best attempts at being "nice" my extremely stressed-out foul mood was still tainting them. I can only make advise from the perspective of a patient. Having spent something like $500 on repairing an existing tooth, only to have the whole thing fall out anyway, I attended a local dentist to have sharp edges ground off another broken tooth. He wanted to repair it. My response was "fat chance" if it's only going to do the same thing. With the technology currently available (and Australia is trailing in this regard), if there is no nerve left in the tooth, go for an implant replacement.

What's left of the tooth is completely removed, and a hole drilled into the jawbone. A sterile titanium slug is inserted into the hole. The amount of oxidation that occurs on the surface of the slug between opening the packet and getting the slug into the hole is sufficient for the bone to weld itself to the slug. This is only stage one, and you could then wait three to six months for stage two.

Once the slug is "welded" into the bone, the gum is re-opened, and a screw inserted into the slug. The entire new tooth can then be built on this screw, which gives you back your chewing leverage.

There are dental hospitals which specialize in "bulk" implants reducing the entire procedure to weeks (even days) but it isn't cheap.

Implants are expensive, so tooth-by-tooth is not usually recommended. If you have the whole row of teeth done at once, usually three or four slugs will prove adequate for rebuilding the entire row although, even for one tooth the slug is the better option than having bridge work which transfers the stresses of the replacement tooth to nearby good teeth which can then break.

I cannot suggest anything DIY, because using a Dremel and a mirror is still too big for the average mouth. Given the historical precedent of "Waterloo teeth", where good teeth were harvested from dead soldiers, there may be places in the world where teeth are donated like any other organ and can be fitted into the existing socket with the hope that the root will take hold.

I don't know what you mean by "partial", nor what you want to get rid of but, if you have significant rebuilding of your jaw(s), there may already be enough metal in there for cheaper implant options.

I'm sorry I can't offer better information, but having maintained all my teeth in excellent condition until the bio-change which destroyed them, I've never really followed dental practices. Your question may be better directed to the author of the i'ble.

I am ecclectic. I gather information from many fields, some of which sticks, and some of which doesn't.

I can say with some certainty (off topic) that the Gene-mapping Project is a failure. If the model used had been correct, then identical twins would also have identical finger prints (and they don't). The genetic sequence is a Mandelbrot-style base equation and therefore those finger prints are different because they fall in a different place on the "map" in relation to the origin point. This obviously means that if you were successfully cloned, even your clone would have different prints and significant variations in other minutiae.
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