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  • My dentist suggesting doing a flipper after extracting a tooth that has a cracked root. Can you explain me what a flipper is?     (answer)

  • I have had an upper plate since I was 20 years old and I am now 55 years old. Do you think I could have a upper implants without having to have oral surgery to replace bone loss? Also, can a person have like three implants on each side (total of 6 implants) and then have a bridge attached to them? ...Linda in GA     (answer)

  • I have Lupus (SLE) and I have 3 missing teeth on the top upper back right side of my mouth. Would I be a good canidate for an implant? I could only afford 1 at a time and would that be okay to do it that way? ...Darlene in MI     (answer)

  • Approximately 25 years ago I had a pool accident and dove into a pool killing the nerve in both front teeth. Root Canals were done and 10 years later they were very dark. The Dentist recommended I needed crowns, which were done and I had a bad experience over the years with having a set of new crowns approximately 8 different times. The last set of crowns lasted a period of 10 years and with these crowns were posts (which the dentists put a post on top of another post) I had pain in this area throughout the last 5 years and the dentist said that this was impossible because they had root canals. One day I was biting into a sandwich and severe pain arrived and my right tooth was very loose. After visiting the dentist I broke the root and infection was setting in and needed an extraction, which was totally devistating. I went to an oral surgeon Melbourne, Florida. She did the extraction with bone replacement. After 7 months, it is healing, but now I need the other front tooth extacted. I am worried because the gum is shrinking and looks like the center is pulling to one side. Also I am very worried that I will not have the natural look of the gums between the teeth, because they are shrinking. I want to have implants, but I am very scared. Will it eventually end up looking like "eggs sitting on a table??" With not the natural look of the gums tightly between the teeth. I just do not trust anyone anymore I am so scared and do not feel comfortable or trust my oral surgeon or my General Dentist. It just feels like everyone is in it for the money and not for your best interests. Do you have any suggestions for me. PLEASE HELP!! ...Jane in FL     (answer)

  • I am interested of getting a Dental Implant, but first where do I start? Please advise. Any paperworks or what information do I need to gather from my employer Dental Insurance?     (answer)

  • I have had a partial denture on my lower jaw in the last 6 years. Alternative long-term strategy could be a 6 member implant base with a click-in full denture (plastic vs. porcelain fixture that the dentist only can remove, upgrade and maintain with time). I'm looking for a local dentist in my area who can examine and consult me 'free of charge' before I commit for replacing my current partial with implants.     (answer)

  • I'm 24 and I'd like to know how many days does it take to have a tooth implant on my front lower jaw. I have a cavity for years already so I know it's late to save my tooth. What kind of implant is best for me? ...Selene in CA     (answer)

  • My mom is 77 years old and had implants on lower jaw 15 years ago. No known problems with them but for the last year or so she has had terrible pain (she calls headaches) lower jaw, neck, top of head tender to touch etc. They come on fast and hard and growing to 3 a day now. She has had a catscan and other various tests that show nothing. So the Drs. have put it down to age and disintegration of the neck. I don't think so, I watch her pain and really think in my own opinion this could be from a shift in her jawline from ageing and the implant posts hitting nerves> Could I be on the right track?     (answer)

  • I had full upper blade implants installed in 1983. Now they are loose, very loose. More blade exposure every day. How do these things come out? Please advise. It looks like it would be so painful. Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • I received a new crown for one of my upper front teeth just four months ago, and it has already become loose. The crown it replaced was only one of several that I have had in the past ten years. My problem, as I've been told, is that the post length is inadequate for a really strong hold. My current dentist will not remove it for fear of damaging the core. However, the sensation of the crown moving when I talk or eat is maddening! Should I be looking into implants? ... Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • I have ground my teeth since early childhood and am now in my early 50's. Due to this fact I have lots of damage in my mouth and my new dentist has gotten me night guards now. I had a broken tooth in the front. The front one that a few years ago broke and the dentist at that time did a repair without a crown. Just built it up but I don't remember if he did a root canal on it. Well a couple of days ago, I was eating and the toorh broke off at the gum line and now I have a big hole in front. It doesn't hurt and my dental office is off till after the holidays so I can't get to see him till then. In the meantime at work I have been wearing my night gaurd so the gap is not as noticeable. I have been doing some research and don't know what would be better for me - a bridge or an implant. The two teeth to the other side both have crowns on them that I have had for over 18 years and have never been a problem, so I would hate to lose them to a bridge. The tooth next to the the other side has also broken off at the gum line last year and has not bothered me so I have basically 2 front teeth that are missing now. I know I need to see my Dentist to get his opinion on treatment, but I just wonder at my age which would be better. I want to make the right decision for me but am a little apprehensive about the procedure of implants. Do they give you a temp something during the time it takes to get the implant to heal and the bone in the jaw to heal so you don't walk around with the gaps? I have always been told by any Dentist who have had to pull a tooth that I have a very strong jawbow so I guess it would be ok. I guess I'm just a little afraid of it, and would like to know if at my age (52) implants would be a better thing for me to do. Is it also possible to get one done now and the other later even if the take the roots out on both sides?? Do they need to pull both or could a root canal be done and still do implants? ... Visitor from NM     (answer)

  • I have implant in my lower left jaw since last month. A day after, feeling numbness on my lower half lip and teeth (left side) until now. I'm taking vitamin B and medicine for nerve (to back the sensation of my lip). And last week there is something that happened on my gums (the place where the implant is). It is bumpy and yellow color on top. I visited to my dentist and he said there's no problem inside implants. Just a scar and its infected. He disinfected the infected gums. But next day, after I ate lunch again, my gums became bumpy and yellow color on top. After implants still now a little painful I feel but not severe. Can you help me? I just want to know that theres no problem about this. I'm afraid. ... Visitor from Tokyo Japan     (answer)

  • I had an implant done on my upper front missing tooth about one year ago, but I need braces badly because my upper and lower do not touch. Could I get braces even with my tooth implant? And if I cannot get braces due to my tooth implant, will I have problems with my implant and my gum? ... Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • I am an 18 yer old. When I was at the age of 8, I ran into an adult and I fell on my two front top teeth. And today, one of them is bruised and pushed almost halfway into the gums. The other just got chipped badly. I want to ask if I should extract them and do dental implants because whenever I eat or drink anything hot or cold, or if it's cold weather, my teeth just starts hurting. ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Is it possible to remove a standard Branemark dental implant and have it replaced with a mini dental implant [MDI]? I had a front upper implant placed a couple of years ago but don't like the aesthetic result. ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

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