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Sinus Perforation During Dental Implants

I had a dental implant placed and things did not go as expected. The bone never integrated with the dental implant so he had to remove it. He did tell me that the sinus cavity had been perforated by a few millimeters, but that it was a common thing to happen. The one thing I don’t understand is why he didn’t give me an antibiotic until I developed an infection, […]

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Baby Canine Teeth at 16 Years Old

I have senior pictures coming up next year and I want to look good for them.  Last year I discovered that my canine teeth on the bottom and top are still baby teeth. I had the bottom ones removed. While one of the adult canines was close, the other one came in sort of behind the tooth next to it. The gap looks like I don’t have a tooth there […]

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Dental Implant Crown Doesn’t Match

This is the third crown my dentist has done for my dental implant. He can’t seem to get it to match. The last exchange we had he accused me of being too picky and I should be happy that I have a tooth. Apparently my tooth color is between A1 and A2. I don’t understand why it is impossible with a crown if my dental flipper matched okay? Now he […]

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Can I Get Dental Implants after Ten Years?

When I received dentures a little over ten years ago, I always planned on getting dental implants. I just needed to save up for them. I started right away, but of course, we’d have a car, dishwasher, and refrigerator all die during that time. Though I had to start over several times, I finally have the money. Is it too late for me or can I still get dental implants? […]

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Two Problem Teeth: One Deformed & One Missing

I have a congenitally missing lateral incisor and a tooth right next to where it should be that is deformed. I’ve finally been able to afford braces to open up the space where the missing tooth should go. I have a dental flipper there for now while I decide on a permanent replacement. I’m hoping to fix both problem teeth at once. Do you have some recommendations for me? Mandy […]

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Will My Gum Drop Down with My Dental Implant?

I had a dental implant placed on a tooth which is visible when I smile. The gum for that tooth is higher than the rest of my gums. To me, that looks weird. My dentist suggested I get a temporary crown to see if the gum will drop down on its own. We did that, but I don’t like how the temporary crown looks. Should I get a cosmetic dentist […]

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Should a Dentist Cover the Cost of Grafting for a Dental Implant?

I went in for a consultation with my dentist to find out if I could get a dental implant and what the cost would be. I lost the tooth about ten years ago and the dentist said that I had lost some bone in the area, so I would need grafting on top of everything else. After reading information about the procedure, I’ve learned that the dentist could have treated […]

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Helping Your Teeth Survive Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can make time stop for a moment. Will you be there when your loved ones need you? How will you get through all the treatments? Then, there is all the information being thrown at you. Chemo, radiation, stem cell treatments. It can be absolutely overwhelming. One thing which tends to get overlooked during this influx of information is what these treatments do to your mouth. Patients who’ve […]

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Neurological Problems with Dental Implants?

I am considering getting dental implants, but have heard that those based on a titanium implant can cause neurological problems because of metal being used in the body. Yet, most dentists prefer to use titanium, even though there are zirconia implants available. Is there a reason for this? Karl M. Dear Karl, There hasn’t been any research, that I am aware of, which indicates the titanium from dental implants causes […]

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Dentist Pushing Me to Get Implant

I have lost a tooth and want to get a removable partial denture for it. My dentist doesn’t like that idea and has been pushing me to get a dental implant. I do get that they’re better. I really do. But, it’s a lot of money. Money I just don’t have right now. Maybe I can get one later, but I can’t get my dentist to understand this and he’s […]

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