I have had a bridge that replaced two teeth since I was sixteen. I’m in my 40s now. One of the crowned teeth needs to come out as well. I wanted to replace all three teeth with dental implants, but my dentist said there is no longer enough bone there to do that. What do I do now?
While it is very likely true you’ve lost a lot of bone in the amount of time you’ve had your bridge, that doesn’t mean you can’t get dental implants. It will just take an extra procedure for you to have enough bone for the dental implants. This is known as bone grafting.
I suspect your dentist didn’t tell you about it because he doesn’t do dental implants and he didn’t want to say that. Having so much bone loss was a good excuse for him to not tell you his limitations. You’ll need to look for a dentist with post-doctoral dental implant training. You want to make sure they have a good success rate as well—at least 98%.
That doesn’t necessarily mean they will also do the bone grafting. This requires additional training and not all implant dentists have it. Sometimes you have to go to a separate dentist for that.
Consider Your Smile When Getting Dental Implants
If your implant crowns will be visible when you smile, you want to be certain the dentist you choose can create beautiful, natural-looking crowns. If you go to mynewsmile.com, they recommend expert cosmetic dentists. Many of them are skilled in multiple procedures. You are likely to be able to find dentists qualified in all three of the areas you need.
One other thing to plan ahead would be the color of your teeth. The porcelain crowns can be made to match any color of teeth. However, once they’re made, the color is permanent. They will not whiten as your natural teeth will. In fact, they won’t whiten at all. Therefore, it is smarter to have teeth whitening done before your implant crowns are made. This way your dentist can match them to the permanent color you want.
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