Years ago I lost a tooth in an accident. I was fresh out of high school and my parents said I was on my own. I had no money so just let it go. Now, I’ve lost another tooth to a similar accident. I’m really bad at carpentry. I’m an adult now and went to the dentist hoping to get two implants placed. Remarkably, the two teeth were right next to each other. But, my dentist said there’s not enough room for two dental implants. He wants me to do a bridge instead. But that means grinding healthy teeth. Is that really my only option? If there were two teeth there before, why can’t there be now?
While it’s true the area may have closed some, it sounds like you’ve got a dentist who has grown comfortable with certain procedures and prefers to push those. When you lost your first tooth, without a replacement put in, the teeth begin to shift and close up the area. As it has been years since you lost the first tooth, I’m not surprised the area is smaller.
However, you’re not stuck with getting a dental bridge, instead of dental implants. A good dentist will look at all the options, especially to help avoid damaging healthy tooth structure.
Getting Your Dental Implants
There are a few options. You could obviously have some minor orthodontic work to open up space for the implants. Another option is to somehow combine a mini implant with a traditional. The key is, there are options. I’d look for a dentist who is willing to do his job and not just fall back on what is comfortable.
While you’re looking to upgrade your smile, you may want to consider teeth whitening. I only mention it because it’s best to have done before you get the porcelain crowns for your implants made. Once they’re done, the color can’t be changed so it’s always best to have your teeth the color you want them ahead of time.
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