I’ve lost two teeth due to a car accident. The accident also left me with burns on my arm and shoulder. At the moment I do not feel attractive at all. My dentist put in a dental flipper at first just so my teeth wouldn’t drift, but I need a permanent replacement. I hear dental implants are the best and I want the best. From what I can see, they’re all made of titanium, which I have an allergy to. What is my next best option if I can’t have the dental implants?
I am very sorry for all you have been through. You have suffered so much. Fortunately, I think I have a great solution for you. Let’s say there was a worst-case scenario and you were not a good candidate for dental implants. In that case, the next best thing would be to get a dental bridge. Though, if your two lost teeth are adjacent to one another, that would mean you’d need a four-unit bridge. The more units you add to a bridge, the greater the stress on your teeth and greater risk of problems.
The good news is, you can still get dental implants, which will be a far superior treatment. There are metal-free dental implant options. Instead of getting titanium implants, you can get zirconia.
Zirconia is very strong and is dubbed ceramic steel. The main reason dentists are still using the titanium implants is because of the longevity of data we have with them. Because they’ve been in use for decades, we know they have a great lifespan. We have no evidence the zirconia options don’t. They just haven’t been around as long.
Your current dentist may not do them, but you will be able to find a dentist or periodontist who does. They’re out there and doing just fine.
Cosmetic Considerations with Dental Implants
You mentioned not feeling attractive at the moment. That’s perfectly normal given what you’ve been through. This may be the time to give yourself a little boost. Once the crowns for your dental implants are completed, the color is permanent. I generally encourage people to whiten their teeth before getting the porcelain crowns.
Teeth whitening is an affordable way to make your smile look years younger both quickly and affordably. Then, your crowns can be made the new brighter color. It will give you a smile you will be proud to share with the world.
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