I am losing the tooth next to one of my front teeth. I want to do a dental implant, but my dentist says I can’t because I’ve been on Fosomax. He wants to do a bridge, but do a Maryland Bridge. He says that’s because it’s not a good idea to grind down a front tooth. I’m not sure I like where this is going. What do you recommend?
Being on Fosomax doesn’t automatically disqualify you from getting dental implants. You can temporarily suspend taking Fosamax and your oral surgeon can coordinate with your physician to work around it. Because you’re on Fosamax and talking about surgery involving bone, there is a risk. While the risk itself is small, the consequences aren’t so thoroughly go over this with your doctor and weigh your options before deciding.
If you decide you don’t want to deal with the surgery and just want to get a dental bridge that’s fine. What type of bridge depends on what your dentist is comfortable with.
However, with a run of the mill general dentist, which is sounds like your dentist is, I”d recommend the standard traditional bridge. They do more of those than anything else.
I’m not sure why he’s saying not to crown a front tooth. This is done all the time.
Dental Implants on Visible Teeth
Whether you are talking about a dental implant crown or a regular porcelain crown on a visible tooth you want to think about appearance. This is especially true when you’re talking about front teeth.
Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us. We want to give a good impression. One of the things you’ll want to see is evidence of crowns your dentist has done on front teeth. Do they match the adjacent teeth? Do they look natural? If they don’t, you really should look for a different dentist to do the procedure.
Another thing to consider is how you feel about the color of your teeth. If you’re pleased with it, than you’ve got nothing to worry about. If you aren’t, then the time to whiten your teeth is before the crown is made.
The color the crown is created with is permanent. So you’ll want it to be made with a color you want to keep. While you can whiten your teeth after the crowns are made, it will require getting them re-done in order to match your teeth. It saves you money to do it before.
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