I recently had two teeth fall out. I wasn’t doing anything, they just came out. I want to replace them with dental implants but my dentist said until I get my oral health under control there is no way he is giving me dental implants. Can he do that if I’m willing to pay for them?
If your teeth are just falling out then it sounds like you have advanced periodontal disease. This is serious. The reason your dentist isn’t willing to give you dental implants is because they will fail.
Advanced periodontal disease causes bone loss which is necessary for your teeth to be properly supported. Without that bone, there is nothing to hold your teeth in, which is why they are falling out. Even if he were to give you dental implants, the bone would not integrate with the implants and they will fall out as well. He’s saving you a fortune.
If you truly want to replace your teeth with dental implants, which I do agree is the best tooth-replacement option, then you will need to get your gums healthy. I would see a periodontist. They specialize in gum disease, which will help you get healthy quicker. Then it will be time to look into dental implants.
Even then, with the amount of bone you’ve lost, you will likely need some bone grafting done in order to get the implants.
If you don’t get this dealt with you will end up losing all of your teeth. Then you will need implant overdentures. These use six to eight dental implants and then anchor a denture to them. If you need more affordable dental implants, then you can get two to four dental implants. They have similar benefits, just with a little less support for the dentures.
Please take this seriously. This can not only ruin your smile but your physical health as well.
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