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
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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