I lost a tooth years ago due to an accident. It wasn’t visible and I was just out of high school and had no money, so I just let it be. Recently, I fell of my mountain bike (down a small portion of a mountain) and lost the tooth next to it. This one is visible so I decided it’s probably time to fix both of them. I went to see my dentist and he said it’s not possible to get two implants because there’s not enough room. How is that possible when there were two teeth there? He’s recommending a bridge which would effect two more teeth. Tell me there’s an option.
There are usually solutions to problems such as what you are facing. It’s a shame your dentist isn’t trying to find one. He may be growing complacent in his career instead of doing his due diligence to help his patients.
First, I’ll explain the reason there may be less space now. When you lost your first tooth, that opened up space. Without anything taking up the space, your adjacent teeth can drift into the area. If it drifts enough, there won’t be enough room for two dental implants. The fixtures (pictured above) are the size of tooth roots.
Solution for Your Dental Implants
I agree that you don’t want a dental bridge in this case. Why in the world would you want to unnecessarily get rid of healthy tooth structure. Here’s what I’d suggest.
You would be able to get a single dental implant but have two implant crowns placed on it. There’s a way to do that. If your dentist had done the minimal amount of research, he’d have known that.
I’ll tell you straight up that I don’t think this dentist is going to be the best one to do your implant procedure. I’d feel better if you found an experienced implant dentist.
Ask how many procedures they do on a regular basis and what their success rate is. It should be around 98%. If they balk at you asking those type of questions, move on. They shouldn’t mind it in the least bit. You’re talking about your health and safety.
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