When I was a child I was hit in the mouth twice, once from falling out of a wooden school swing and the other time from throwing a croquet ball up in the air and catching it with my front tooth. Needless to say the older I’ve gotten the more yellow brown it has become. My dentist told me I would have to get an implant because there was no root but yet I still have the VERY UGLY BROWN TOOTH.
I also have several back teeth that need filings and at least 2 that need to be capped. I don’t have a lot of money to be putting into just one tooth when I have several others that need to be fixed, although the one that gives me an UGLY SMILE is the one everyone can see. PLEASE HELP ME.
Thank You so very much for your time.
Sincerely, THE GIRL WITH THE UGLY BROWN TOOTH
Danielle in Tennessee
I would switch dentists, and I will explain why.
One of these two traumatic incidents with your front tooth jarred it enough to sever the nerve and blood supply that go to the tooth. This would cause the tissue inside it to die, which would then cause it to become infected. It’s possible that if this tooth had received a root canal treatment at that time, it could have prevented the root of the tooth from being eaten away, but it’s also possible that would have happened anyway, as a side effect of the traumatic injury. The process is called root resorption, and it can happen because of an untreated infected tooth, or because of traumatic injury to the tooth.
But now that the tooth has no root left, you can’t save it.
There are three basic ways, however, to replace a missing tooth, and your dentist is negligent in only presenting one of them to you. He or she has an ethical obligation to give you all the options that would work. And while the implant option is probably the best choice for you, it is also the most expensive. Did you tell your dentist that this was too expensive for you? If you did, and you still didn’t get any options given to you, then it shows not only negligence but a lack of character on the part of your dentist.
A dental bridge is the traditional way to replace a single missing tooth. A bridge requires that the two adjacent teeth be covered with crowns (you may know them as caps), and then a false tooth is suspended between them. This is a little less expensive than an implant.
Another option is to use a removable partial denture that clips onto your other teeth and has a false tooth on it. While less comfortable than either a bridge or an implant, it is a fraction of the cost of a bridge. A flipper partial is the simplest way to do this, and it can cost as little as a couple of hundred dollars.
Find a dentist who is willing to give you all your options and who will work with you to keep the costs down. I don’t know everything that went on in your visit with your dentist, but just from the information that I have it doesn’t appear that you should trust this dentist.
– Dr. Hall
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