I got my smile back

by Joey K.
(Philadelphia)

When I was a kid I had a really bad accident on my bike and I knocked out my two front teeth - I was 11 years old. They tried to put them back in because they said since I was young it might work . But it didn't and I really wasn't too embarrassed about it.

By the time I got to high school it was really bothering me and there were a lot of weird looks and people made fun of me, so my mother asked the dentist if I could get false teeth. The dentist said that he thought the best thing for me would be to have dental implants, but I was too scared. So he showed me how it worked and I thought about it for a long time.

When I was in the 11th grade,I realized that soon I would have to begin to think about applying to college. So I decided to go ahead and do it. Right after spring break I started the process and a few weeks ago the dental implants were finally in place.

What a difference!!!. - Everybody thinks it looks great, and natural and now I can smile with my mouth open, and won't feel self conscious about my yearbook picture or sending it with my applications.

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My teeth on the upper jaw have shifted

by Donna
(Levittown, NY)

I had two implants peformed on my lower jaw. After the crowns were installed, it seems that my teeth on the upper jaw have shifted to one side. Now my smile is crooked.
Why is that?
Is it possible to fix this problem after the crowns were installed?

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Space between dental implants and the gingiva

by Rony Maged
(Cairo, Egypt)

I am in the process of getting dental implants, and my dentist made ones that have space (like 2mm) between them and the gingiva. The implants are in my anterior teeth!

He says it should be made that way for hygienic reasons, but i'm not convinced, I think there's someway to do it in a better esthetic form..

Any ideas on how to solve that problem ??

Thanks alot..

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Gap between gum and crown

by Karen Gustafson
(Minneapolis, MN)

Gap between gum and crown on new implant:

Two days ago I got the crown placed on my metal abutment. I flossed today and realized there is a sizable gap between my gum and the bottom of the new "tooth." I don't think this is right as I was under the impression that the gum would surround the bottom of the tooth so it would look natural and not become a trap for everything that goes in my mouth.

I want to understand the facts before I go back to my dentist next week. Can someone advise me?

Thanks,
Karen G.

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Gap between implant crown and the next tooth

I have had an implant for three months, the first time the dentist fitted the crown it was too big and caused me pressure discomfort all night similar to braces feeling, and waxed floss couldn't enter between it & the next tooth.

The next day I went back to my dentist and he removed the crown, but it took lots of time and banging on it which gave me a headache, after a week he fitted another one which doesn't have a contact point with the next tooth, so food is always stuck in that small gap. I don't know why they take impressions since the crown didn't fit twice!

I am afraid this would cause problems in the future. Please advise.

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Screw-On Vs. Cemented Crown

by Deborah

My question regrading - Screw-On Vs. Cemented Crown:
Is it more likely for a front tooth that needs an implant abutment crown to be cemented on or screwed on?

I am asking because I had one put on that was cemented and it came off about a dozen times (very embarrassing) before a screw on type was put in my mouth.
Thanks,
Debbie

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What should I eat with my dental implants ?

After several lab related problems, I finally got my 2 upper front teeth put on my implant posts. Is there anything I should not bite with my front teeth?

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Help needed for a good cause

Hello My name is Nick Latonia.
I am a firefighter/ Emt for Northfield Village and I had a patient- A poor 31 year old girl, divorced, no job, no money , living with some older people in brook park Ohio.

At first I thought she was a "Meth-Head" by first imper. Then I found out she is bulimic and that forced vomiting had destroyed her teeth. She is missing her top 4 front teeth and the rest are damaged. she is a very nice person but she can't find a place of employment other than caring for her 93 year old neighbor because of her smile. I really don't get involved with patients on a personal level but this one I REALLY FEEL BAD FOR - SHE CAN'T CATCH A BREAK. So what I am asking for is for some help for someone - I don't even really know. If you can help this lady - would you ? my email is wheels273@hotmail.com
Thank You
Nick Latonia NVFD

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Dental implants - Long, but worth the time

by Kate
(seaside, ca, United States)

After about 2 years wearing braces and retainers, my dentist pointed out to me that I was missing two of my front adult teeth and the best thing for me to do was to remove them and put in dental implants. At first I was daunted by all the time, effort, pain and money it would take and for a while it did seem like it was not worth it at all.

However, besides the removal of my teeth (1 inch root and all) and the initial placement of the screw implant into my gums the rest of the procedure (which took about half a year) went surprisingly smooth. After the dental implant was put in leaving a hole in my gums, I constantly had to use this strange mouthwash constantly to make sure that bacteria didn't start causing an infection inside but it didn't seem like much of a hassle.

After waiting for a few months, the dentist simply screwed in the caps (fake teeth) into the holes and it was all done. After all of the effort, my teeth look much better and nobody has yet to suspect that my tooth implants are fake. Although it seemed like such a minor thing to fix for me, it ended up saving me money in the long term if I had not gotten it fixed. because my adult teeth would begin to move and become crooked if the baby teeth were allowed to just stay there and would it have been an even greater nightmare to try and fix.

Overall I am happy with the results and if you have the time, patience and the money definitely go for it!


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Full Top Dentures

by margaret martin
(kent England)

me and my husband xmas 2009

me and my husband xmas 2009

I've had full top dentures for 4 years and I know I will never get used to them. I am also losing my bottom teeth so it won't be long till I have to have bottom dentures!!
Could I have mini implants? What is the cost likely to be?

I live in Kent,UK can you advise me the best cosmetic dentist close to were I live.

Thank You

Margaret Martin

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Gap between implants

by pat
(chatham ontario)

Will I have any gap between implants that will show a gap between my teeth and gums when I get implants done?

Thank you
Pat

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Sjogrens syndrome

by bryna wishner
(philadelphia, pa)

I have sjogrens syndrome which has wrecked havoc on my teeth. Are implants the way to go rather than dentures due to the dryness in my mouth?

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Remove the root and put the implant immediately

by Irina Azimov
(Montreal, Qc)

I have (as per X-Rays) the # 15 root size 0.5 cm. Is It possible (with this size 0.5 cm) to remove the root and put the implant immediately or I'll need to put an extra bone to increase the size?

Irina Azimov

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Sinus too close for an Implant??

My General dentist, (who does implants) says I should have a bridge/crown on my teeth and not an implant as it is too close to my sinus? I am so scared of what to do? I really don't like the idea of having a porcelain fake tooth, but I also don't want to bugger up my sinus? He says I could go get a sinus lift?? But what are the risks of complications?

The tooth in question is in the 2nd from back top left molar and I've already had a root canal on this tooth, and has a fracture line through it thanks to a "sugar-free chewy lolly". I have already been to two dentists, the first did not do implants, and the second does implants but is not an implant specialist so I could go to an appointment that the first dentist set up for me, but just don't want to waste too much more money, $160 just to talk with the specialist about it.
What should I do?
Thanks for any advice

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Same Day Dental Implants

My question is regarding to - Same Day Dental Implants.
My dentist has arranged me to do the extraction for my upper teeth, bone grafting, and dental implants. but after the extraction, the financial crisis hit and I cannot afford to continue the treatment.

Instead I have to wear the denture for almost two years. everyday is a stressful day for me. I think I did a big mistake to follow my dentists advise.

I have read an ad for the implant shortcut which promise all can be done in one day, in most cases don't need bone grafting at all. Since the procedure is pretty new I would like to know if there is anyone that has any experience or advise about it.

I talked to them over the phone, it will cost C$24000

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First Health Finance

by MARK PETER DOWSON
(South Africa)

I am trying to develop an insurance product that will cover the cost of an implant if rejected. There is a cost to the surgeon as well as the patient and I am looking to find a product that already exists and covers this loss of revenue.

Whenever there is a perceived risk to either party it must be insurable at a nominal additional cost to the procedure and components.

Please assist

Regards

mark@fhf.co.za

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Type of sedation

by Belva Faught
(Wichita Falls Tex)

What type of sedation is used to remove the dental implants?

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Procedure for taking the impression

What is the procedure for taking the impression for implants once healing has occurred. especially utilizing the impression coping

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Bleeding gums after implants

I have bleeding gums after implants:How long may gums bleed after dental implants have been inserted? One answer said 'a relatively short time' is that 2 days or a week?

I had mine inserted 4 days ago, and the gums have not yet healed

Is this normal or not?
Thanks

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Standard Of Care For Dental Implants

This is a question regarding the standard of care for dental implants - After my dentist attached the porcelain crown to my implant, the implant abutment was very loose. My dentist removed the top of my crown so she could torque the screw that attached to the crown because it wasn't tight enough. She then filled the porcelain crown with composite filling.

When I questioned the integrity of drilling into a one unit crown, her response was that "when dental implant crowns first came out they were in 2 parts not as a whole unit". Now, 8 years later the composite she filled in is breaking down and the crown is cracked in 3 places. Another implant I had put in next to the other tooth (the same time) hasn't have any issues.

My feeling is that this was not standard of care for dental implants and if I was charged for a one unit crown then she should have replaced the entire crown and not compromised the integrity by drilling through it. this point, do I have any recourse requiring her to replace the cracked crown?

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What types of temporary crowns are available?

by Ronnie
(NY)

I'm planning on having a dental implant on tooth #9. I do not want to have a flipper during the healing process as I have heard very negative things about it, especially for tooth #9.

What other type of temporary crown is available? As my tooth is fractured I must make a decision ASAP. A prompt response to my question would be sincerely appreciated.

Ms. Weinberg

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torus palatinus

why did a torus palatinus just appear

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About cortical to cortical implant versus regular requiring a sinus lift first

by kc cameron
(beaumont)

Hello,
I am soon to have a sinus lift done in order that an endosteal implant be placed where I lost the #26.(Sept 2009)

I have recently come across information about a cortical to cortical implant that negates the need for a sinus lift prior to the implant's placement by afixing horizontally in the jaw rather than vertically.
My surgeon never made mention of this type and I am wondering why he wouldn't if it were a viable option for my situation.
I can only surmise two things: he doesn't know about this type or it is a type that is not suited to my situation ( ie: would be used for denture type implants versus the need for a single).
Could anyone advise? If these are appropriate for my single implant situation than I would like to have further information to discuss it with my surgeon when I see him next week as they seem to be a rather superior alternate to the vertical placement if they negate the need for a sinus lift first( as is known to be a certainty in my case).
Thanks
KC

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Upper 2nd Molar Implants

by Alex
(Chula Vista CA)

Because of my financial situation, I'm strongly considering the extraction of my upper 2nd molar versus root canal and crown.

Would it be possible to have a dental implant 3-5 years after the extraction of the upper molar?

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My dental implants

by Bill
(Bill Allen, Texas, USA)

over a period of years, I lost the last two molars on the bottom left and found that I was chewing on one side of my mouth and avoiding foods that I enjoyed like steak, meat etc.. I talked with a co-worker who had dental implants and decided that I would give it a try. It was expensive but well worth it. It was not any more painful than having a root canal.

I love my dental implants and can't even tell the difference between them and my real teeth.

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