Dental Imlant vs Fixed Bridge -Fear of Pain

| May 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Mary
(Cleveland, Ohio)

I am scheduled to have 2 extractions and implants (hopefully in one procedure) and I’m terrified! I wonder if I should just go with a removable bridge. An oral surgeon is scheduled to do the extraction and implant next week and my dentist will do the abutment and bridge.

Background: I lost my 2 middle lower teeth as a teenager in a car accident; followed by the removal of a cyst in the same location a few years later, which resulted in bone loss. These incidents were excruciating for prolonged periods of time. I wore a 2-tooth removable bridge; then got a fixed bridge which was anchored on one side by one tooth and on the other side by 2 teeth. This bridge lasted 33 years with not one problem. The one anchor tooth is now decayed and I need to do something. My dentist is recommending having the decayed tooth extracted, along with one of the other anchor teeth (a healthy tooth) from the other end of the bridge and having implants to support a new bridge.

The only other procedure I have ever had done was the removal of the 2 bottom wisdom teeth which was such a horrific experience (severe pain and swelling for about a month) that I vowed the only way I would have another extraction done was if my life was in danger. Everything (other than the fixed bridge) that was done on my lower jaw has been the worst case scenario.

Should I get the extractions and implants or go with a removable bridge? I am terrified of the pain. Has anyone else been through anything similar and if so, how did it turn out and what would you recommend? Thanks.

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  1. sandydig says:

    Dental Implant vs Fixed Bridge
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    Mary,

    Having wisdom teeth removed, especially if impacted, can be a pretty painful recovery. Dental implants on the other hand have much less pain involved so it’s hard to compare the 2 procedures.

    You may need bone grafting before the implant is placed if you have a fair amount of boneloss in the area where the implants are to be placed. They can do this at the same time as the extraction. If you are not needing any bone then the implant can be placed at the same time of the extraction and this should heal up nicely.

    The dental implant option will provide you a long term solution to fill the space of your missing bottom teeth. Implants have close to a 95% success rate.

    If you were completely against the idea of implants then the removable partial denture would be your next best option, but having something that you must take in and out can be bothersome and the clasps will put pressure on already healthy teeth. Dental implants along with the bridge will provide you long lasting results that I think you will be happy with.

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