Retainer with flipper

| May 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

by May
(Louisiana )

When I was 12 years old, I got into a bicycle accident to where I knocked out my front upper tooth, on the right side. Tooth number 8, I believe. Any way- after doing so, my parents rushed me to my regular dentist, who gave me the option of just putting the tooth back into place, or letting it heal and finding another way to replace it..

Being that I was 12, I was nervous about pushing the tooth back into place (which was pointless anyway because the tooth was already dead) so I decided not to.. Within the next few months, I made an appointment with an orthodontist and got braces on just the top teeth to make a wide enough space to replace my missing tooth. I had my braces for approximately 6-8 months before getting them off and my orthodontist giving me a temporary fix which was a regular retainer with a bridge attached to it. My family didn’t have the money to get a more permanent fix than this, so I’ve been having and wearing this “flipper” for the past 8 going on 9 years. (I’m about to be 21) As expected, wearing this retainer for that long has caused serious issues with the rest of my teeth causing them to decay because I eat and sleep with it avoiding social problems. The only time I take it out is when I brush my teeth in privacy.

I’ve been working on saving money and trying to get my cavities fixed one by one as I can (it’s hard to afford without insurance) and now I’m looking into a more permanent solution. I’m wondering if a surgical implant for a more permanent tooth would help solve my issues? My gums where the tooth is missing from has receded over time, so I don’t even know if that’s even a possible option.

Any ideas on what I could do for a more permanent fix? I’m ready to get this retainer out of my life for good!

Category: Do I Need Implants?

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  1. sandydig says:

    Retainer with flipper
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    May,

    Yes, the dental implant would most likely be a great option for you. Your surgeon or general dentist will need to xray the area to get a view of the bone level. It is possible that you may need some bone added to the area to ensure a good stable post and best possible outcome.

    The dental implant will look very natural and match your other front teeth. If the dentist does not feel like this is an option for you, then your next best option would be a fixed bridge. Basically that would require placing a crown on #7 and #9 and a pontic crown would float for #8, this option too will look natural if done correctly.

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