Thanks for the experiences
Originally Posted by Arlyn
And it has broken three times in two years, repairs are costly.
I'd go with the implant.
Cheaper in the long run.
In my case, repairs cost nothing because of my insurance. The insurance covers repairs/replacements and the like, but they will not cover the initial...(whether it be a plate/dentures/etc.....yet they will cover repairs)
Originally Posted by sarahp
So I went to someone else for the implant itself, and he did that, only the bone graft the first guy did didn't take! So the new surgeon did the bone graft and implant in one surgery, it looked SO much better than the first one, and he recommended I wear the plate because it would protect the area from food and whatever else, and would keep my tongue from playing with the stitches which is kinda inevitable, and it also kept any swelling down. It was a much better experience, so finding the right person is crucial.
Then maybe 6 months down the track once everything had settled into place, I went to the dentist who took a cast of my mouth, got the tooth made, and then attached the tooth to the implanted "rod".
I'm so glad I went down this path. It looks like a regular tooth, I don't have to worry about bone loss, it's very secure, and requires no extra work - it's just like a regular tooth.
Thanks for the lengthy explanation.
Thankfully I am not at the bone grafting stage, and that is part of what I am trying to prevent.
I won't say that money is not an issue, cuz this day and age, of course it is. But it is NOT the driving force in my decision.
Right now the driving force is preventing furthur damage.
The dentist is recommending either a plate or implant..... and I know nothing about bridges.....but I don't like the idea of them filing down the other teeth.
I'm in the research phase, then will talk to hubby. But within the next 6mos or so, I want to get something done.
The partial plate would at minimum keep the other teeth from shifting which is a good thing, and because its not permanent, if a few yrs I could get an implant.
Ultimately, eventually I'd like the implant, am nervous on the procedure but I'll worry bout that when the time comes.
Sounds like I made my decision eh LOL....really I haven't, I'm talking out loud still.