Monthly Archives: December 2015

Are dental implants the only solution for a dead tooth?

I have a dead tooth for years. It’s quite embarrassing, but my husband always made me feel beautiful anyway.  He passed away a few months ago. I’ve been getting by on savings until now, but it’s not going to last much longer. I need to get a job, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to get one with this tooth. I went to a dentist and he said I needed a dental implant. I almost choked when I heard the cost. I don’t even have that much money, let alone have the ability to pay it out for one thing. Is there any other treatment?

Audrey C. – Delaware

Audrey,

I am very sorry for your loss. Few things are worse than losing your life companion, and it sounds like you had a great one. You’re right that appearance can affect your job prospects. It’s not fair that we’re judged by our appearance instead of our character and qualifications, but it is a fact of life we have to learn to deal with.

There are other ways to replace a tooth. I’m quite annoyed the dentist you went to didn’t mention them. In fact, he or she is under an ethical obligation to make sure you’re aware of all your treatment options.

My suggestion is you look into getting a dental crown or a dental bridge (if there is not enough bone structure left to support a crown).

A dental crown just fits over the damaged tooth. A bridge has a false tooth suspended between two crowns. Both of these are less expensive than a dental implant.

You can also get a dental flipper which is even cheaper, but I’d consider that one a last resort. They’re not as stable. But, it will function as a temporary measure until you have a job and can save up for a better treatment.

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Can I get sedation for every procedure?

I do much better with sedation. My last extraction was a breeze. I decided then and there that I wanted sedation for EVERY procedure. But, my dentist said that it is only to be used for certain procedures. I know my friend, who recommended sedation to me  in the first place, uses it every time.  Is her dentist being irresponsible?

Janna S. – Tennessee

Janna,

Your friend’s dentist isn’t being irresponsible. The types of sedation they use and when they’ll use them is generally left up to the discretion of the dentist. Your friend’s dentist is just more liberal with his use of sedation than yours.

You’ll have to make a decision as to whether you want to stay with this dentist or if the pull for sedation is strong enough that you’ll want to switch dentists.

I know it has changed the way some of my patients with dental anxiety have approached their dental care. They no longer avoid the dentist, but come in regularly for check ups and cleanings. So, I’m all for anything that helps patients.

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