bone loss around front teeth bridge or implants?

Q. I have had been told by the Roayl School of Dentistry in Belfast that the bone supporting my two front teeth (both crowned due to injury as a child)is wasting away. I don\’t know where to go from here as I would like to have either a bridge or implants …. probably a bridge as it would be less expensive. Would this be feasible ??

A. Apologies for the late reply. The loss of bone around your two front teeth due to trauma as a child can have consequences on the possibilities of treatment. Your most likely options are ,as you say, are a bridge or implants. One of the other factors that need to be taken into consideration are the force on the proposed bridge/implants, the health of the adjacent teeth and the amount of bone loss that has occurred. AS a general guide when I have a patient who ha virgin teeth either side of a gap I urge them ( provided there is enough bone ) to opt for implants. However , if the adjacent teeth already have restorations then a bridge can be a good option. From a long term point of view the implant option has the higher success rate compared to bridges. Obviously cost is a factor but many practices have finance available to allow you to spread you the cost over a number of years.


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February 10th, 2008 at 08:47 PM
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May 18th, 2009 at 08:47 PM
Kim Says :

I have had a tooth fall out after a horse accident 9 years ago it has just fallen out..a year ago… I am terrified to get any estimate, or a bad matching bridge… but now the tooth next to it is loosening which was also knocked almost out completely. They were strong after a bridge after the accident, but slowly two years ago I noticed the one became looser etc. Now it fell out… I have been putting it back and bridging it myself with a dental super glue. Did I mention I am terrified of going to even show anyone what is going on at all with my teeth…. I don’t even leave my house now at all.
I cannot afford implants. Even with insurance I don’t know what anything cost. Could you please let me know a little information as to what is going on with the bone… and why it is going to the next tooth? Also what about cost and my options?
I am in WV and don’t know how to find a person to do this. How many appointments does it take to get the bridge.
I have a home business and teach at home.
Thank you so much.

July 15th, 2009 at 08:47 PM
Patel Says :

Symptoms: I have a 4mm pocket of bone loss (determined from an opg performed by a friend at a hospital) of the left hard palate of the maxillary bone. Also the left lateral incisor teeth along with the canine and the first premolar and second premolar teeth that are incolved are loose and are just held there in place by the gum.
I can feel a depression over the second premolar and the gum line is there I dont feel a bone. Pain in the 1st molar like it is being torn out of my bone type of pain sweet yet sharp sometimes. I hope these symptoms are valid symptoms as you can see I have been doing research on this subject because I am worried about complete bone loss on the left maxillary side at the age of 32 is unusual.
My question What is this that is happening to me? What can I do to fix this. I live in united states so it costs a lot of money to go to a dentist I havent gone yet because it is expensive and what to do with my teeth how to get it fixed. Please give me your professional opiniion.

September 11th, 2009 at 08:47 PM
Karen Says :

I had a front tooth pulled 2 months ago and had an implant put in. One week later the tooth next to it has been hurting. I went to an EndoDentest and he check to see if tooth was fractured. Nothing showed that anything was wrong. So it still hurts, what could be the problem.

March 20th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
joe Says :

i had a tooth pulled last week ang got a false one put in and its is making me sick i cant eat i just cant get used to it so could you please tell me how much a inplant would be

September 6th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
jason S Says :

I have been to the Belfast school for dental implants and they told me the same thing about me being unsuitable for dental implants. Did you manage to find an alternative dental implant dentist in Belfast, did you get implants in the end or did you end up getting a bridge. I dont want a bridge but it might be my only option!

May 25th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Vicente Says :

Hi there, I had long term damage to my teeth after an accident years ago and now my teeth are starting to come out. I have been told that because it was an accident etc I should get help with costs – do you know how to go about getting this and I also smoke – would that affect the treatment – I’m on disability and unemployed so I cannot afford it without help as I know how costly they can be.

June 23rd, 2011 at 08:47 PM
tina Says :

I suggest looking for any dental schools in your area. Even if you must drive 100 miles, you’ve got to get checked out by someone who may be able to help you on a sliding scale basis.

December 5th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Stephanie Says :

Can you get free dental work done at Belfast Scool of Dentistry?

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