I have an ugly tooth that is a yellow-brown color. Here’s the story. When I was a kid I had a couple accidents that affected my tooth. First, I fell out of a swing and another time my tooth was hit from a croquet ball. It seems to have darkened over the years. I was told at my last dentist appointment that I need a dental implant. He said this is because the root was gone.
It turns out that I need to have a couple fillings and also come crowns done. So you can see how expensive this trip to the dentist turned out for me. I’m on a tight budget and can’t seem to justify the cost of the dental implant when I have other teeth that need to be taken care of.
As much as I’m worried about the cost of a dental implant, I have to do something to fix this ugly front tooth. I just hate the way it looks.
– Michelle in Idaho
Based on what you have described about the accidents you had as a child, it sounds like the impact to your tooth actually severed the nerve and blood flow to the tooth. Therefore, the tissue has died. When this happens, the tooth becomes infected and the typical treatment is to have a root canal done. Although, it sounds like you never had this done so what has happened is that the tooth has been eaten away. It is also very possible that the same thing would have happened regardless of you getting the root canal treatment. This process where an infected tooth is left untreated is called root resportion.
Unfortunately once the root is gone, the tooth is not salvageable.
You do have options though, and your dentist is ethically obligated to present them to you. If he doesn’t, you may want to consider finding a new dentist because there are many trustworthy and affordable dentists out there that will be willing to work with you financially.
To replace a missing tooth, you have several options. A dental implant is the best solution because it looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. It is true that implants are expensive so you may want to consider a dental bridge or a removable partial denture.
A dental bridge uses the two teeth surrounding the missing tooth. Crowns or caps are placed on these teeth and an artificial tooth fills the gap between them. This treatment is more affordable than implants but may place additional stress on the neighboring teeth.
A removable partial denture is another option for you. This appliance clips to your adjacent teeth with a false tooth that fills in the gap. This is a much more affordable treatment for a missing tooth. But it isn’t going to be as comfortable.
Best of luck to you. Hopefully this information answered your questions and presented some options for your treatment.
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