Tooth is Gone. Now What?
I had an emergency dental appointment today. My dentist wasn’t able to save the tooth and went ahead and did the extraction right then. I was so distraught over this whole thing. He said something about getting me a dental flipper soon. But, honestly, I only remember half of what he said because I was so upset about losing a tooth. I looked it up and that made things even worse. I don’t want that for a tooth. Is there anything else I can do?
Emergency dental appointments can be stressful. It’s even worse when it turns out your tooth can’t be saved. There is good news though. You have several options. My guess is your dentist just intended to use the dental flipper as a temporary tooth replacement, as that is what it was designed for.
Option One— Dental Implant
If you are looking for the top of the line tooth replacement, getting a dental implant is the way to go. This places a prosthetic tooth root in your jaw in the place of the one extracted. Then, after a period of healing which gives the bone time to integrate with the implant, a porcelain crown will be placed on top. This is the closest thing to having a healthy natural tooth. They’re completely secure, you can eat anything you want, and no other teeth are negatively impacted.
Option Two— Dental Bridge
Your next best option is a dental bridge. With this option, you will have a false tooth suspended between two dental crowns. The downside is that the adjacent teeth on either side will have to be ground down as a result of the crowns. If one of those teeth has severe decay and needs to be crowned anyway, this option may make more sense. Other than that, most people (and dentists) prefer to preserve as much tooth structure as possible.
Option Three— Partial Denture
This is just what it sounds like. False teeth are placed on a partial denture that clips on to your adjacent teeth. It is removable and therefore not as secure, but it is by far your cheapest option.
Give yourself time to heal from the extraction and then you and your dentist can sit down and discuss all your options deciding which is best for your lifestyle.
Sometimes, when I am going through something difficult and traumatic, I allow myself a little treat. Maybe you can look at this as a chance to upgrade your smile a bit. You can have your teeth whitened before getting your tooth replaced. Then, when you do, you’ll have a whiter, more youthful-looking smile.
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