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Is It Possible to Save a Permanent Tooth that was Knocked Out?

We were at my son’s football game. His best friend lost a tooth during the game. His mother was panicked and not sure what to do. I started thinking I didn’t either. What would you do in that situation? Can a permanent tooth even be saved?

Cary A. – Minnesota

Cary,

Yes, they can be saved in some cases, but the success rate can often depend on how quickly you get to the dentist and how damaged it is. You really want to get to the dentist within thirty minutes. It’s best if you call your dentist ahead of time and let them know the situation, so they can be ready for you when you get there.

If you can’t reach your dentist, there are emergency dentists you can call who’ll get you in right away. It’s important you keep the tooth moist. You can put it in a glass of milk. Make sure you only handle it by the crown of the tooth (the visible part above your gums). Leave the root alone or you could damage the chances of saving the tooth.

If for some reason the tooth can’t be saved, don’t panic. Today we’ve made real advancements in tooth replacements. Dental Implants are like having your own teeth back.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Brad Hylan.

How to Spot the Difference Between Fake and Genuine Clear Choice Reviews

I’ve been trying to compare a bunch of Clear Choice reviews and testimonials from other local offices. I’m looking to be free of my upper denture after having it for about five years and I’m pretty sure I want to go the route of an implant-supported denture for stability and comfort. The next step comes in with trying to find the right dentist to do it and getting some estimates, but I’d rather not waste anybody’s time by going someplace that isn’t going to provide good care. I don’t know anyone who has had this procedure done, so I can’t get referrals from anyone, which means I’m more or less at the mercy of the net. The problem is, as I look over all these Clear Choice reviews, they’re all over the place. I can’t help but wonder if some of them are trumped up or fake. I know this happens on places like Amazon, but I don’t know if it has made its way into things like dentistry. Are there any things I can look for that may help me determine if something is valid?

Thank you,
Erin – Illinois

Dear Erin,

The reality is that Clear Choice reviews are going to be all over the place. Some people have good experiences, but when it goes bad, it goes really, really bad. This seems to be more because of their model than anything else. They do one main type of treatment and push it hard. Their sales techniques and cookie cutter methodology obviously can’t work for everyone.

Be sure to look at all dental implant and implant supported options. Don’t limit yourself to Clear Choice.

As far as spotting fake Clear Choice reviews (or any others for that matter), it’s really hard for people to tell. There are some computer programs that swear they can do it, but even those aren’t great. However, you may be able to identify them by looking out for the following:

1) Focus on people, not actions, or lots of generalizations. For example, if someone just keeps saying “I liked the dentist” repeatedly, it’s a red flag. Real testimonials tend to focus on the procedures performed and how they went. The person writing can tell you exactly what was good or bad, not just say “The dentist did a good job with my implant.”

2) We wary of large amounts of technical language. Testimonials that include things like the clinical names of teeth (bicuspid, first molar, etc.), those that use medical language to describe parts of the mouth (anterior, posterior, mesial, distal), or ones that sound like the info is coming from a manual (35% tooth whitening gel, fine polishing disc, etc.) Some patients are well informed and that’s great, but real patients don’t usually distinguish between different types of similar materials/ equipment and almost never use dental terminology to describe landmarks in their mouth. Use your own judgment with these.

3. No other reviews. If you’re on a platform where it’s common to have reviews of all sorts, like Yelp, be wary of the ones who never rate anything else or those who only give 5-star ratings to everyone.

4. Improbable or overexcited claims. For example, “THIS DENTIST IS AWESOME!!!” or “One visit with this dentist and all my dental problems were fixed.”

While there’s no fail-safe method for detecting fibs, these tips can help sort out the suspicious reviews.

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Are dentures my only choice?

My mom is getting up in years and her teeth are in bad shape. She has such a fear of being this old lady with dentures falling out. Is this the only option to replace teeth?

– Sandra in California

Sandra,

Although, a complete set of dentures is what typically comes to mind for most people when they are missing teeth, there are a few options.

Dental implants are the most natural-looking, permanent solution to missing teeth. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone and act just like normal teeth do. They prevent facial collapse (a bone loss condition) that occurs with individuals that don’t have teeth. And they are secure so your mother wouldn’t have to be concerned about them moving around or coming out at embarrassing times. She would be able to eat, chew, and talk normally.

But if dental implants are too pricey, there are two types of dentures, the complete denture or partial denture. If you find the right dentist, you would be surprised at just how lifelike they can look.

If complete dentures are the route you end up going for your mother, there are the conventional type of dentures that requires a significant healing period of two to three months. Or immediate dentures are actually placed the same day the teeth are removed. There may be a couple more office visits to properly fit and re-fit the dentures, but this immediate denture option means that your mother wouldn’t have any time that goes by without any teeth.

Partial dentures are an option for patients that still have some natural teeth remaining. The false teeth are held in place with a metal framework that is secured in place by the existing teeth. There is also a pink colored base portion of the appliance which mimics the natural gum color. This option is a good solution if your mom still has natural teeth because it will help to maintain the position of her natural teeth and allow her to keep them. This will also help to stabilize the partial denture.

As you can see, there are definitely several legitimate options to replace missing teeth. The key is to find the right dentist that will explain the pros and cons of each treatment for your mom’s specific needs. If a dentist just wants to remove all the teeth and move on, you may want to keep looking. This is a major decision, so do your research and consider all your options. Also, keep in mind that any type of denture does require maintenance and adjusting the fit, as well as relining every five years or so.

Hopefully this helped to answer your question.

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