I had a two-year battle with gum disease that left me with six upper teeth remaining. The teeth are unevenly spaced from tooth loss and disease. My dentist recommends dental implants, but implants are expensive, and they do not resolve the spacing issue. I am not against implants, but the thought of going into debt for them makes me anxious. Maybe I need to take more time to find affordable implants and dentures. I already wear an uncomfortable dental flipper and understand I can get a partial denture or another flipper. I have a lot of teeth to replace, but at 62 years old, with longevity in my family, I must do something about my missing teeth. My thoughts are scattered. What are your suggestions? Are dental implants my only option? – Antoinette from Austin, TX
Thank you for contacting Dr. Brooksher’s office. Dr. Brooksher would need to examine your teeth and gums and take a 3-D T scan to determine your treatment options. Still, we can advise you on how to find a dentist to manage your case and give you a healthy, attractive smile.
Are Dental Implants Your Only Option?
It is unlikely that dental implants are your only option. Still, your treatment options depend on several factors, including:
- Your oral health
- The condition of your remaining teeth
- Your jawbone volume and quality
- The sizes of your remaining teeth
- The extent of spacing between your teeth
Schedule a Consultation with a Cosmetic and Implant Dentist
We recommend searching for a dentist concerned about the function and appearance of your teeth and smile. You will benefit from a highly sympathetic dentist with advanced training in these areas:
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Dental implants
- Occlusion and bite
Although saving natural teeth is a dentist’s priority, affordable implant dentures can restore your smile if your remaining teeth do not support your long-term oral health. The dentist will explain options for natural-looking teeth replacement that complement your facial features and personality. An implant bridge may be an option for you.
Dr. Steven Brooksher, a Baton Rouge accredited cosmetic dentist and Fellow of implantology, sponsors this post.