Thank you. So, essentially, I will likely need dentures for a year or so during the whole process. Honestly, I could live with dentures, but my gag reflex is horrible. I had a retainer after braces when I was younger, and had a hard time with that, too.
*Sorry, SA, for the sort of thread jack. I think, if he says he's fine without repairing, don't worry about it. Maybe save the money in case he changes his mind, but just let it be, for now. I do agree about the purely cosmetic point you raised. But, if functional, I would do it, for sure. Mind you, that's not to say no one should do it at all just for cosmetic purposes, just that I understand your point about it. In the end, let him lead on this on, I think. He says it doesn't bother him, believe him.
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No thread jack at all.. all of these conversations are worth hearing... it's real life experiences ...that's what I am after... though I'd love to hear from those who had a Maryland bridge
experience... read one about a man , same situation as our sons...had it done in his early 20's... only had to replace it once in 25 yrs.... that to me .. is a success story... there is generally no horror stories with these, other than they may need bonded back in after so many years.. not a big deal.. no health risks at all... Zero.
It's probably obvious.. but yeah.. my mind is pretty much made up.. husband feels the same.. a perfect pernament smile is not worth any health risk (he said this earlier) when other alternatives are out there.. so if I can just find a Dentist who still does the Maryland in a few years...I'll be smiling
... I'll be asking next time we see ours...
For a couple weeks I felt "bummer.. I guess he's always going to have a gap there" and No... I didn't want that !@# even if he doesn't care ... If this happened to our daughter.. I KNOW she would care! Boys are a little different.. So when I came across this option last night doing my research.... it was like the sun shining through the clouds for me...I got all excited !! ... there was Hope he could still have a perfect smile....
Sorry...I can't shake the potential risks.. I've went on You tube...watched some horror stories, read more than most probably... experiences that ended up with nerve damage, severe headaches after an implant, the most common complication is something called "Peri-implantitis" ...
Peri-implantitis is the destructive inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding dental implants. The array of periodontal pathogens found around failing implants (those affected by peri-implantitis) are very similar to those found in association with various forms of periodontal disease.
Can read this free E book HERE
(with photos to explain)...
Many personal stories under this blog 50 going on 30: Tooth Implants gone bad
There are certainly enough who praise them no doubt, especially the ease with these new cone beam scans now... some of these issues crop up yrs down the road also (remember implants are fairly new really)..... With anything, it's always about the newest, the latest, the greatest.. even if it cost 3 times more, has much higher risks for infections / pain, higher levels of radiation, even when told "there is a possibility it might not take & we'll have to do it again"!
This is approx cost for 1 tooth
... I wonder if it's common for Insurance plans to pay 50%... I've read some articles stating many plans pay nothing for dental implants...