- Jul 8, 2021
I am at the beginning of many dental appointments to try to get my dental health mess cleaned up. My next appointment is 2/16 to have 30 and 31 extracted. They have crowns on them and are decayed past the point of saving them. When I saw the oral surgeon 12/15 to extract 19, which became urgent unexpectedly, I mentioned that I would be back to have 30 and 31 removed. I off-handedly mentioned needing a partial denture after that. He seemed to take special note of that and said something like (paraphrase) - "Oh, you're getting a partial? Then I will make a shelf when I remove 30 and 31." I think he then said something about that making the partial fit better. What is this "shelf" he is talking about? Does it involve removing more bone than he otherwise would? I am very nervous about losing any more bone than necessary and kind of wish he hadn't thought of this or that I hadn't said anything, but if it helps the partial be more successful, that's good, right? I'm confused and nervous about offending him if I ask anything about it right before the extractions. Can anyone here shed some light on this?