Why a dental implant now?
by Jeffrey Crow
(Norfolk, Virginia USA)
I am a 55 year old man. At age 16, one of my front teeth died and I had to have a root canal. The filling kept falling out and after having the filling replaced numerous times I stopped having it filled. The tooth eventually rotted from the inside out.
In 1979, when I was 21 the tooth broke partially off. A dentist extracted the front tooth and filed down the two teeth next to the front tooth and I had a three tooth bridge that lasted 34 years having never come loose once.
My dentist wants me to get an implant. The gum above the front tooth is very caved in. I have only 24 teeth to start with. Small mouth, 4 teeth extraced at age 14 and braces. Thankfully I only had two wisdom teeth come in, both extracted. Still 14 crowns and the three tooth bridge. Some of my back teeth crowns are on their third replacement and some of them have skirts from gum loss. Also four root canals in the last 10 years, three on teeth that already had crowns.
I keep very good care of my mouth and have no gum disease in over 30 years. My hygenist always says I take such good care of my teeth and gums and still all these problems. A lifetime of bad allergies and blocked sinuses causes my mouth to dry out very badly at night and have had so many gum line cavities, over 100 in lifetime.
I am very weary of a dental implant because of the gum loss and what I feel is extensive dental work over my lifetime, over 50K and counting. Why a dental implant now? I asked for a replacement bridge and I can tell my dentist is disapointed I am not interested in the implant. I will need bone buildup then the implant and am just tired of a mouthful of teeth that constantly need attention and money.