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Thread: Got 37 years instead of 20!!!!

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    When I had most of the teeth crowned, I was told I would be lucky to get 20 years out of them. Well...last night it happened...after 37 years, I lost one. The tooth sheared off at the gum-line. And I was only eating salmon!!! LOL Guess I'll have to wait for Monday to find out what the next step is...do they put in an implant? will they just pull out the root and let me live with a hole? I am scheduled to have an implant on the other side, so maybe this spot will also be a candidate for one. On the plus side...this tooth had a root canal done before the crown went on, so it isn't bothering me...other than feeling funny to have a big space there. :?

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    I hate when that happens.

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    I'm not a big fan of implants. They scare me. I have a bridge right in the front of my mouth and a couple years ago the tooth in it failed. The bridgework however was still solid. When I went to the dentist I asked him about an implant, since most dentists were telling me that the life of a bridge like I have is only 5 years (last one was 15 years old and the bridge was still good!). The dentist told me that the implants have the same problem my bridge did, the teeth. So, eventually you will have a broken fake tooth and a metal post surgically implanted in your jaw that has to be dealt with. I decided to stick with a bridge. It was a few minutes of watching him use a hammer and chisel to remove it, rather than surgery.

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    shnnn....Thanks for the input. My GF had 6 implants across the front of her mouth several yrs ago, and has been quite happy with them, and a coworker has a couple. Kinda hard to know which way to go. :( I also have a bridge...which is 37 yrs old, and still hanging in there. LOL I think this mostly falls into the category of "getting old sucks"!!! hehehehe

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    I don't think there is a perfect solution for everyone - but I was only 29 when I had my bridge replaced - if I assume the tooth will last 15 years that's a lot of removing/reinserting implants! My husband is at the point of wanting all his teeth pulled and dentures (at 32), and after my last experience with the dentist I'm not too far behind. It's not that the dentist was rough on me at all, but having a crown on a tooth with no root canal is the most painful thing I've ever experienced! Lesson of the year - even if you think you like the dentist you're seeing - check with someone who's been seeing them for many years. All of the dental work we are having done now is repairing what our last dentist did - hubby has about $8000 worth of repairs that need done, and mine is around $4000.

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    I'm just amazed that you remember how many years ago you had that specific dental work done.

    Good luck whatever you choose!

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    Good luck, I have had my DDS to be able to reattach when this happens.

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    My 2 Cents - A general dentist may have gone to a weekend or a series of weekends seminar and be able to do implants. The following are dental specialists: A Periodontist does an additional three years of residency beyond dental school to do implants and gum surgeries. A Prosthodontist also does implants and dentures- again three additional years of residency beyond dental school. And find out if the specialists are BOARD CERTIFIED-rigorous testing both in the dental clinic and knowledge. Dental care is important and who you choose is also important. Both of the following websites can be searched for board certified specialist in your area. http://www.abperio.org/ and http://www.prosthodontics.org/abp/

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    Quote Originally Posted by shnnn
    I don't think there is a perfect solution for everyone - but I was only 29 when I had my bridge replaced - if I assume the tooth will last 15 years that's a lot of removing/reinserting implants! My husband is at the point of wanting all his teeth pulled and dentures (at 32), and after my last experience with the dentist I'm not too far behind. It's not that the dentist was rough on me at all, but having a crown on a tooth with no root canal is the most painful thing I've ever experienced! Lesson of the year - even if you think you like the dentist you're seeing - check with someone who's been seeing them for many years. All of the dental work we are having done now is repairing what our last dentist did - hubby has about $8000 worth of repairs that need done, and mine is around $4000.
    Always had bad teeth and to many trips to the dentist. Had mine pulled and got dentures 23 years ago. Only had to get new ones made this year. Love them so glad I did it.

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    I was under the impression they are glued in place, and when the glue dries out, they come off. Gluing it back in place would be cheaper than a new crown. I understand they now run about $1000 each. I have a few and don't want to have any more. Some I have had for 20+ years.


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    My dtr was in a horrible car accident 11 yrs ago and lost 4 teeth... With her age ( 18 ) and her vanity level ( very high!) I opted to have implents put in liu of a removable bridge. She loves them..... so far no problems....

    My husband had a implant years ago for one tooth... when the rest of this teeth went and was replaced by dentures ( had those now for almost 20 yrs) they made the denture to fit around that implant post... they said it would actually help hold the dentures in place.. His dentures certainly never slip.... and he has had no problems at all with the dentures or the implanted post ( never even a re-alinement)

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    I don't think the problem with breaking a crown on an implant would be the same as breaking a crown on a real tooth. I have a couple of implants. If the crown ever broke off, they would simply remove any glue and create a new crown to put on the surgically implanted post. The post is permanent as long as you have good bone to hold it in the jaw.

    A few months ago I broke the crown on a tooth that had had a "silver points" root canal. Tried to re-do the root canal, but the re-do failed. It was also highly probable that the root of the tooth had cracked. So, I had to have the remaining root pulled. Am scheduled for an implant in January.

    The only problem I have found with implants is that you have to be *very* meticulous about cleaning around the gums. However, the same thing is true of crowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    I'm just amazed that you remember how many years ago you had that specific dental work done.

    Good luck whatever you choose!
    I remember partly because The dentist was a friend...fresh out of school with all the latest techniques of the day, and gold was the highest it had been for years, so my siblings all teased me about keeping my mouth shut if I ever got held up. LOL (All the crowns were gold, except the front uppers.)

    Patti

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    I had a crown down on a tooth about 6 years ago. Dentist did a root canal first, then the crown. A few weeks ago, the crowned tooth felt very loose. I had an appt. to have another crown placed, so I had the dental assistant check the tooth. She took and xray and was shocked. The entire root of the tooth had been re-absorbed back into the jaw bone, kind of how a baby tooth does. The only thing left was the root canal material.

    My dentist was shocked. I had my cleaning back in March and the root was there. They could not come up with an explanation. He recommended an implant by an oral surgeon, but our insurance would not cover it. So I am going to have my first bridge done in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pzazz
    shnnn....Thanks for the input. My GF had 6 implants across the front of her mouth several yrs ago, and has been quite happy with them, and a coworker has a couple. Kinda hard to know which way to go. :( I also have a bridge...which is 37 yrs old, and still hanging in there. LOL I think this mostly falls into the category of "getting old sucks"!!! hehehehe

    Patti
    I agree with your "getting old sucks"!

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    37 instead of twnty. WoW! You really got your money's worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat
    Always had bad teeth and to many trips to the dentist. Had mine pulled and got dentures 23 years ago. Only had to get new ones made this year. Love them so glad I did it.
    This is what I'm getting ready to do. I can't see putting another $20,000 or more in my failing teeth in the next 20 or so years I may have left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pzazz
    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    I'm just amazed that you remember how many years ago you had that specific dental work done.

    Good luck whatever you choose!
    I remember partly because The dentist was a friend...fresh out of school with all the latest techniques of the day, and gold was the highest it had been for years, so my siblings all teased me about keeping my mouth shut if I ever got held up. LOL (All the crowns were gold, except the front uppers.)

    Patti
    At $1800 or so an ounce they may pay for themselves as they need to be replaced today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUQuilter
    My 2 Cents - A general dentist may have gone to a weekend or a series of weekends seminar and be able to do implants. The following are dental specialists: A Periodontist does an additional three years of residency beyond dental school to do implants and gum surgeries. A Prosthodontist also does implants and dentures- again three additional years of residency beyond dental school. And find out if the specialists are BOARD CERTIFIED-rigorous testing both in the dental clinic and knowledge. Dental care is important and who you choose is also important. Both of the following websites can be searched for board certified specialist in your area. http://www.abperio.org/ and http://www.prosthodontics.org/abp/
    I've had 3 implants done, the last one on a top front tooth. I would only go to an Oral & Maxiofacial dentist for this kind of work due to the fact that it is a specialty. I am extremely happy with my implants and would certainly choose this option again over a bridge. Good luck with whatever you decide!

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    I have 3 crowns and a bridge. All because I am missing 4 permanent teeth. They are molars. This trouble was mostly caused by a quack dentist when I was a kid. We never liked him. He was highly recommended by a friend of my parents. After he pulled a tooth immediatly after giving me my novicainne shot and accidently cut my lip with the drill. I refused to get in the car to go back. I got in huge trouble over it. He couldn't see. Mom got over it and we switched to another dentist who was good and we could walk to on our way home from schol. The teeth should have been pulled when I was young and the other teeth would have filled them in.

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    I have worked for a general dentist for many yrs. So many people has asked me "What would you do." Well, my dh had to have his front tooth removed, now mind you he did have a root canal done, his side of family has perio disease, after yrs of doing perio work, decided to have tooth removed and implant put in place. His smile looks so natural and he just LOVES his new tooth. I guess the answer to the question everyone has asked me, I will do whatever I need to, to keep my teeth as natural as possible. The final decision is really yours and what makes you happy. Ask all questions before they do anything such as bridge versus implant, removable one tooth partial. There are many things to ponder.

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    I just had a crown put on a front tooth that had a root canal about 30 years ago. It looks and feels fine but I hope the old root lasts after all the money I put into this tooth. I concur, getting old sucks but it beats the alternative!

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    My teeth were soft & chalky & would not hold any type of filling & had so much pain with them. So I have had dentures for over 40 years now & still love them. Have never had a problem with them & have only had them replaced once. I have never had to use anything to keep them in place.

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    I had gum disease for ever, my old dentist always refused to pull out my front teeth and replaced them with a bridge, for years I went thru bad breath, pain, loose teeth and misery. My new dentist agreed that the teeth had to go, it took 2 sitting to pull out 3 front teeth and replace them with a bridge, it has been 5 years, and I have enjoyed so much being able to bite into food without pain!

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    happened to me too. front and top tooth, crown just fell out one day. so I've been sporting that red neck look for a few months till I can afford to get em fixed. I hate the dentist. but, I guess he'll be my new best friend once this is done and I can smile without small children screaming

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