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#1 Jan 11, 2013
Has anyone on here considered or gotten CuSil dentures? There's a description of them on this page about halfway down: http://doctorspiller.com/Dentures/denture_typ...
I like the idea of these for my uncle because his remaining teeth are likely to need extraction sooner or later; the possibility of adding teeth to his dentures as he loses them seems like it could be a good way to go. He currently has 2 lower remaining teeth that may be salvageable and could work with a CuSil denture - which then could be converted to full denture over implants or mini-implants if necessary down the line? I would love to hear people's experience with these.
Two background paragraphs which I plan to include in all my posts:
I am conservator for my schizophrenic uncle. I am researching denture and implant options for him. Because of his severe mental illness, this is not a "normal" case for a "normal" person, but I am posting here because I still need perspective from people with actual denture experience and expertise, in order to figure out the best course for tooth replacement, balancing things like long-term cost to the family and what will work with my uncle's special needs. We have been working with a few dentists, but as you know, dentists' recommendations can be hard to trust and they aren't always good at helping you figure out what's truly best overall – I have too many questions for the dentists to cover in an appointment and need to do extra research. Examples of how this case is not your normal one: My uncle has not brushed or flossed his teeth for 15 years – he refuses to do so –this may not be so unusual, but what started his refusal to brush is wacky and illustrates his mental illness: he had a tooth at that time with severe decay – so he decided to brush just that *one single* tooth, which he did every day for months – just that one single tooth – and when it broke off and fell out due to his refusal to let a dentist treat the decay, then he concluded that brushing does not work and he refused to do it anymore . He has many missing teeth – he has only three remaining teeth in his lower jaw, one of which is broken off at the root – yet when we go out to eat at a restaurant, he has no trouble eating: at our last meal out, he ordered 2 pieces of sausage, 2 pieces of bacon, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, a bowl of fruit, 2 pancakes and root beer. A final example: he has no embarrassment whatsoever about his appearance, and he will make weird faces over and over again showing off his gums to his "girlfriend," another special needs case who herself has extensive missing teeth.
For the past few years, he has also refused any dental care, but this past fall, his abscesses were finally painful enough, that he has been agreeable to doing work again, and we got two immediate need teeth extracted. At this point, we are being referred out to an oral surgeon for extracting his three remaining lower teeth and traditional implants to support a lower denture; plus a partial for his upper. I am not convinced that this is the best course and want to do more homework before proceeding down a path that we don't understand, may be too expensive and may fail in this special needs patient. Currently, I am still interested in conventional dentures despite their problems, and I am interested in other options too, such as mini implant supported dentures, salvaging his remaining lower teeth and doing CuSil dentures, and overdentures. Finally I want to note that I don't know the full etiquette here on posting questions that might have been asked before or might be findable with googling; I am doing a lot of reading online and on this forum, but sometimes it's too much – especially because this is but one of the family crises I am trying to get under control – and I can't always find an answer to my questions and don't always have the energy or mindset to figure out what to google to try to find an answer. Thanks in advance for thoughts and information!
#2 Feb 19, 2013
I am a dentist in Florida. After reading your post and understanding your efforts to try and find the best treatment possible for your uncle, I would like to offer some advice. Since your uncle has very poor to no home care, any teeth he has remaining have a very poor prognosis in the long term. As he is adverse to having dental treatment, getting him to see a dentist is also a challenge. Knowing these things, a very good option is to extract remaining teeth and have dental implants placed with an overdenture or better yet a fixed prosthesis. Once the treatment is complete, your uncle will have functional, natural looking teeth that will last him the rest of his life. Implants are titanium and do not decay, they do require some maintainance however. If you and he decide to keep any teeth, he will eventually lose them with his poor home care and you will be back to the dentist for further treatment. I hope this helps and best of luck to you.
#3 May 29, 2014
Why is it so difficult to find cost of plastic, metal and Cu Sil dentures.
I am aware that dentists charge whatever they want , however without having an overview of costs how can one save towards one type or another without having to pay the cost of seeing a dentist first. Please don't give me reasons and excuses as anyone can do that. Just give me free factual costs.
I truely think that costs of doctors and dentists should be available to all public.
One can have an idea of the price of a car, pair of glasses, house, ect and all without paying a fee yet all profeesionals being lawyers, doctors, dentist, accounts, notaries and so on, charge without giving you anything in return but an approximate cost that never seems to end and these people are called professionals.
Nothing is fair in this life for the everyday salary ownwer , Only these fine professionals feel that their fees are fair.
#4 Apr 9, 2015
Very well said Lyse. Amazing no dental professionals will answer your question. I personally think they should be rewarded for their skills but also believe 99.9 % of them get away with extreme extortion. That's why healthcare is ridiculous in our country. It's a shame. Capitalism at its finest.
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