I’ve been avoiding getting treatment because I am concerned that dental implants are the only option. I’m freaking out because I just don’t think I can go through with the whole procedure. Here’s the scoop. I fell during a softball game. My two front, bottom teeth broke off all the way down at the gums. It doesn’t hurt, which is the bazaar thing. I try to avoid the area while eating because it feels funny, but honestly I have no pain. I hate the dentist and am considering just leaving it be since it really doesn’t hurt. But, I guess I should at least find out if there are any other options?
– Ben in Florida
The best piece of advice to give right now is not to put it off. Even though you aren’t in pain, you need to have the teeth treated. It is possible that the nerves are dead, but there is still a very real risk of those teeth becoming infected. You do have options, the sooner you act. So, it would be wise to seek an appointment with an implant dentist and/or a cosmetic dentist. Ideally, if you found a dentist that has a cosmetic dentistry background that also placed dental implants, that would probably be a good fit for your case.
Porcelain crowns would be ideal to place over top the remaining portion of the teeth. But if there isn’t enough of the natural teeth left at the gumline, you will need to have the roots extracted. Other options that may work include a dental bridge or even a partial denture.
Whatever you decide, don’t let the fear of the dental implants procedure keep you away. Dental implants are the most durable, permanent choice to replace missing teeth. They help prevent bone loss and are permanent. Not only are they functional, implants look like natural teeth as well, which may be important because they are located at the front of your mouth. If dental anxiety is preventing you from moving forward, talk about sedation dentistry with your dentist. It’s normal to be nervous for an appointment of this nature, but the choice to avoid it will end up hurting you in the long run.
Bottom line – the sooner you get into the dentist, the more options you have available. Also, it increases the chance of having your needs treated more economically.
This post is sponsored by Barrington cosmetic dentist James T. Gavrilos, DDS