My teeth have always been bad. This is probably because my parents didn’t get me in for regular dental care when I was a kid. Anyway, I have a lot of cavities, some broken teeth, and some that are deteriorating before my eyes. I know I have a ton of dental work to be done. It sounded like a dental bridge, some fillings, and one crown was going to be the most important to take care of first. Well, last week, one of the teeth holding my bridge broke. The root had to be extracted and the bridge had to be manipulated. Well, he couldn’t save the bridge, so now I need two dental implants. I don’t want to be cheap because I know that I am the main reason I am in this situation. But I cannot afford dental implants. Please help?
– Jen in Kansa
This sounds like an unfortunate situation. There are millions of individuals that have had to put off dental work for one reason or another. Unfortunately, if the dental implants were provided to you as an option to begin with before you paid for the dental bridge work, fillings, etc. than you may have made a different decision.
Two dental implants may be ideal at this point. But if you cannot find a way to afford the treatment, you may be able to have one done. In some cases one dental implant can support the bridge. That said, the implant would have to be incredibly sturdy because it would be affixed to the side of the implants. Or for several missing teeth, a partial denture may suffice. There are options. Be upfront and honest with your dentist about your financial situation.
Honesty is the best policy and trust is of utmost importance when it comes to dental implants. This broken dental bridge could have been an isolated incident, but it may also be worth seeking a second opinion. The dentist should have presented all your options upfront so you could work together to find the best treatment for your situation and budget. If he doesn’t present you with alternatives, that may be an indicator to get out now. You would hate to be dealing with a failed dental implant, like the bridge. There are more affordable options if you simply cannot afford two dental implants. Don’t let them tell you otherwise.
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