I'm nearly 28 years old and unfortunately I'm having some real problems with my lower right teeth. I've just recently had a crown fitted and my dentist said that he was not very optimistic that the crown will save the tooth. It is infected now and my dentist has said he will need to take it out, leaving me with no lower molars. I was wondering if I would be able to have a dental plate put in? Would I need to ask my dentist about this or would they suggest it? I don't really want to be stuck with no bottom molars as it would be difficult to eat. Advice greatly received. Adele.
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 27
Ibuprofen, paracetamol, amoxicillin, anbesol.
Welcome, and thank you for putting your trust in me!I cannot guess what your dentist would offer you as treatment on his own initiative, but the removal of a tooth quite naturally would prompt some consideration of prosthetic replacement in most dentists' minds. If your dentist does not suggest prosthetic replacement, there would certainly be no reason why you would not raise the question of your prosthetic options with him.Keep in mind that you may have several options for tooth replacement. Aside from the removable partial denture prosthesis (i.e. the "dental plate") to which you refer, two other approaches, including fixed bridgework or implants, may be worthy of consideration. I confess that from my side of the Atlantic, I cannot provide guidance as to the implications of your treatment choice with regard to NHS benefits, so some approaches may need to be implemented privately. But in any case, a full discussion of your treatment options with your dentist would be required in order for you to make a fully informed treatment decision.Hope this helps...
Would any of the suggested alternatives involve crowns being done to my other teeth? As I found this procedure very painful and have had nothing but trouble since I had it fitted last wednesday. Thanks
Fixed bridges commonly employ crowns as attachments to teeth that have been selected as abutments (i.e., supports). However, alternative attachments can be used to substitute for crowns, such as etched lingual metal retainers or inlays. The selection of an appropriate attachment for a fixed bridge is determined by the specifics of a particular case. Your preferences would be included among those specifics.Although implants are commonly used to support crowns, the implementation of prosthetic crowns on implants is completely different, and bears no resemblance to crowns on natural teeth, because implants do not have pulps that are subject to injury. Therefore, your prior experience with crowns does not pertain to implant-supported crowns.Hope this helps...
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I shall wait and keep my fingers crossed and hope the antibiotics work, if not I shall certainly ask about prosthetics. Thank you for the advice.
You're welcome. Good luck!