Are Upper Dentures As Comfortable As Lower?

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by jdm003, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. jdm003

    jdm003 Guest

    My mom has been wearing lower partial dentures for many years, so she
    is familiar with how those feel. She leaves the partial in all day, so
    she would do the same with an upper partial. Now she needs to decide
    between a right-side upper partial covering three molars in combination
    with a left-side bridge; an upper partial that covers the three
    right-side molars and also covers one tooth on the left side; or
    bridges on both sides.

    I would like to hear from people that have upper partials (and dentists
    can also reply with their expertise) how they feel, especially how they
    might differ from a lower partial. Do they stay on as well? Are they
    comfortable? Does anyone know if the partial would need a pallet (flat
    piece under the roof of the mouth) in either of the options mentioned
    above? I would like to get different opinions on this, so please
    don't hesitate to reply even if there are already some replies.
    Thanks a lot.
    jdm003, Dec 31, 2006
    #1
  2. jdm003

    jdm003 Guest

    Thanks for the reply, Steve. The cost is the main reason I am debating
    between the bridge(s) and the partial. All the options that I mentioned
    are viable according to the dentist. It's about what to expect in
    comfort and stability from an upper partial that I am trying to
    determine. I don't understand why an upper partial would be as or more
    comfortable - or "accepted," as you said - as a lower partial, if the
    upper partial might have a pallete. And also if gravity is not working
    with it to stay in the right position as it does with a lower partial.
    Maybe you could explain this further if you want to.

    The spaces involved are #2 (tooth), #3-#5 (missing), #11 (tooth), #12
    (missing), #13 (tooth) and #14 (tooth). Let me know what you think
    about the pallete, what would be the likely design. Of course, I will
    also talk to the dentist about this if I choose a partial. It is hard
    to gather all the information from the dentist, and frankly they do not
    like to spend too much time explaining things, so I'm trying to get
    some information on my own.


    Steven Bornfeld wrote:
    jdm003, Jan 2, 2007
    #2
  3. jdm003

    jdm003 Guest

    Thanks for the reply, Steve. The cost is the main reason I am debating
    between the bridge(s) and the partial. All the options that I mentioned
    are viable according to the dentist. It's about what to expect in
    comfort and stability from an upper partial that I am trying to
    determine. I don't understand why an upper partial would be as or more
    comfortable - or "accepted," as you said - as a lower partial, if the
    upper partial might have a pallete. And also if gravity is not working
    with it to stay in the right position as it does with a lower partial.
    Maybe you could explain this further if you want to.

    The spaces involved are #2 (tooth), #3-#5 (missing), #11 (tooth), #12
    (missing), #13 (tooth) and #14 (tooth). Let me know what you think
    about the pallete, what would be the likely design. Of course, I will
    also talk to the dentist about this if I choose a partial. It is hard
    to gather all the information from the dentist, and frankly they do not
    like to spend too much time explaining things, so I'm trying to get
    some information on my own.


    Steven Bornfeld wrote:
    jdm003, Jan 2, 2007
    #3
  4. jdm003

    jdm003 Guest

    Thanks for the new information, Steve. Maybe we will try the partial as
    you recommended. The #11 tooth, by the way, had a root canal, and I
    believe the dentists wanted to do a root canal on #13, although there
    were no problems reported by my mother on this tooth. This brings up
    another question: Are root canals done when there is no apparent need
    for them? Is there a preventitive reason for doing one before a crown?
    The dentist did not explain the reason for wanting to do a root canal;
    I would sure like to know why!

    John


    Steven Bornfeld wrote:
    jdm003, Jan 2, 2007
    #4
  5. jdm003 wrote:
    You deserve to know the reason, and there had better be one.

    Steve

    --
    Mark & Steven Bornfeld DDS
    http://www.dentaltwins.com
    Brooklyn, NY
    718-258-5001
    Mark & Steven Bornfeld, Jan 2, 2007
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