I’ve broken two teeth down to the gumline. I’m assuming I have to have dental implants to replace them, but the idea of being at the dentist’s that long terrifies me. Do I have any options?
Aaron A. – Boston
You have several options. The only one that is out is a crown because there isn’t enough tooth structure.
Let’s start with your terror. Don’t feel alone or foolish. Lots of people are afraid of the dental chair. Something to consider is sedation dentistry. You won’t have to worry about pain. In fact, you’ll feel pretty good. It doesn’t knock you out, so you’re still in control of your faculties.
Now, let’s talk about your options. First, dental implants. They are honestly, the best option. You’ll be the happiest with their functionality than any other option. You won’t spend any more time in the chair for that procedure than another, but it is more involved.
Two other options for you is a dental bridge and a partial denture. Generally, with a dental bridge, you’d just have one false tooth suspended between the bridge crowns, but you can do two. The partial denture is something that will just attach to your other teeth, but not quite as securely as a bridge.
I know you’re scared. Go to a dentist that regularly treats fearful patients. You’ll find more compassion and patience with them. Some search terms would be sedation dentist or cater to cowards dentist.
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