Oh My God. Dental Issues. Help. in These Foolish Things

  • July 30, 2020, 4:54 p.m.
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Y’all. One of my crowns popped off over the weekend and I thought it would be suuuuper easy for the dentist to just pop it back in and glue it in place. So first thing this morning I went to the dentist.

Oh, how wrong I was.

Does anyone remember my entries in OD about my “Oral Dilemmas” with my broken teeth while traveling overseas and such? Do you remember my horrible drama? Ughhhh! I couldn’t go to the dentist without crying!

Well, it seems I’m back to square one.

Today the dentist took one look at the crown and another look at the hole in my mouth and was like, NOPE.

“You either need a bridge or an implant.”

What the EFF?!

And look, he’s leaning me in the direction of an implant, which will cost me FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS OUT OF POCKET. That’s literally more than I paid out of pocket when my carotid artery dissected last year and I nearly died and spent three days in the hospital and spent months seeing doctors and getting CT scans of my brain.

And the thing is, you don’t get any kind of temporary quick fix with an implant. There’s going to be a HOLE in my smile for a YEAR. Like, a gap. Like, I have summerteeth! God help me.

I went home and opened a bottle of booze (bubbly, of course, but I’m not celebrating) and started sipping before my fucking presentation I had to give on Skype this afternoon.

What am I going to dooooo? I need to ask for more information on getting a bridge, don’t I? The fastest fix is a bridge. The least expensive fix is a bridge. The least invasive answer is a bridge. Do I go with a bridge? What do I do??? I was just so shocked by the fact that I need one or the other. Does anyone have any experience with either? Help a girl out!!

It’s funny saying “girl”…I feel like an old woman who needs false teeth…BECAUSE I AM AND I DO!!

But seriously, how can I even think about dating or interviewing for a new job or pretty much anything with a missing molar? You can see the space when I smile!

2020 blows,

.bob July 30, 2020

can you have a bridge in the near term and an implant in the long term?

Ginger Snap .bob ⋅ July 30, 2020

I'm going to ask that question. The thing is, with a bridge, you have to do some major manipulation to the teeth on either side so that they will hold the bridge up, so to speak. I just can't even believe I'm having to consider one terrible option of the other terrible option!

Fred July 30, 2020

Would it make sense to get another opinion? Did he convince you that there wasn’t any other way to do it (like replace the crown)?

plushcreep July 30, 2020

I say frown your way through the interview or date. It's a lot cheaper.

Ginger Snap plushcreep ⋅ July 30, 2020

hahah! Well, I still have to do something that's going to cost a lot of dough. But we'll see.

...toothy smile

Elaine Benes July 30, 2020

Omg. My only recurring dream is about my teeth falling out so your whole situation is literally my nightmare. I don’t know what to say but surely there’s got to be a good and permanent solution that doesn’t leave you with a tooth gap for an extended period of time.

Ginger Snap Elaine Benes ⋅ July 31, 2020

Right? I was born with unfortunate teeth. My dad has had major issues and mom has some too. But my dad had to get dentures at the age of 21! So you can see I come from bad teeth!

And I'm researching the option to put something in that gap. Dentist says he's actually waiting on an implant himself!

Elaine Benes Ginger Snap ⋅ July 31, 2020

Dentures at 21?! Omg. Your poor dad. What the heck!

permanent daylight July 30, 2020

Gosh! I'm sure if this is your regular dentist they are right, but a second opinion never hurts. Unless the tooth hurts, in which case waiting for a second opinion might hurt, but anyway that's not even really a joke it's so bad.

For me, when important stuff happens like housing or cars or health, I will open up the wallet. Normally I'm always trying to find the best value but on the big stuff I never feel like I can bring myself to scrimp.

YOU are having yourself quite a year and I wish you a giant bottle of champagne once life settles down!

Jinn July 30, 2020

Wow! The price is staggering !

Ginger Snap Jinn ⋅ July 31, 2020

Yeah, it's making me have to rearrange some things.

Marg July 31, 2020

God that price! And I can’t believe they would leave you with a gap for that length of time! Why would it take so long?

Ginger Snap Marg ⋅ July 31, 2020

The dentist says that the wound needs months to heal and there is a bone graft involved. It all needs to heal. He says I have to go without a tooth in there, but I am hearing that I might be able to put a flipper in that spot. I also guess it doesn't matter if I have to wear a mask all the time in public...so I guess this is certainly the year to do this!

CountingStars Ginger Snap ⋅ July 31, 2020

Yeah, if you do the implant placement before the bone graft has fully integrated, you risk movement or even failure of the implant. It's unfortunately a long process but well worth it in the end.

Marg Ginger Snap ⋅ August 02, 2020

Oh yes never thought of that - I suppose that's one advantage of COVID!😄

Bre M July 31, 2020

An implant is the way to go. Why pay for a bridge and an Implant? They can make.a quick flipper tooth to cover the hole in your mouth. The implant is very expensive but its fixed forever and stronger than your original tooth. Its not a real pleasant process but it is permanent and you will be happy you had it done. But 5 grand sounds a little high. You may want to check around for a better price

Ginger Snap Bre M ⋅ July 31, 2020

They are not offering the flipper as an option. I'm going to ask about it.

Bre M Ginger Snap ⋅ July 31, 2020

The flipper tooth is then one they use to fill the gap after the implant is dome

Bre M Ginger Snap ⋅ July 31, 2020

I asked my mom and she said the implany cost 2100 dollars and rhe cap was 900. I am a public school teacher so it was covered by insurance. It is just a long process. They did the implant in February and I got the crown in August. And when I told people what it cost rhey thought the # was high. But it was well worth it.

Athena July 31, 2020

I'd get the implant and be done with it. Not superfun but def the best solution.

Just Some Girl July 31, 2020

If it's not too painful or opening you up to infection, I would seek a second opinion. Who knows, you might find out there are other less involved options :)

gemidevi July 31, 2020

I have an implant and it took 6 weeks...not a year. And during the time, I got a flapper (retainer with a tooth). And yes, it's totally expensive but worth it.

Ginger Snap gemidevi ⋅ July 31, 2020

Wow! 6 weeks! But the dentist has to remove my tooth and graft it and it has to heal, which takes months. I am asking for a flipper (or a flapper?!) ...maybe a flipper-flapper! hahah!

Thank you so much for your input!

gemidevi Ginger Snap ⋅ July 31, 2020

It could take months...yes, and maybe my graft healed faster, but honestly, the flipper/flapper helped with the 'visuals'. I felt like a meth head without a tooth while I was getting my implant done. LOL Also, find a reputable place to do the implant!! My first implant caused damage to my jaw bone and had to be removed after 15 years...but that took like 3 years to even figure out how to remove. Long story!! So short story - go somewhere with a good reputation and a good surgeon.

Andrea July 31, 2020

I got an implant and it was a long, painful process for me. But that was 8 years ago and I’ve had no problems with it since.

Ginger Snap Andrea ⋅ July 31, 2020

Yeah. Did you also have a flipper as a temporary solution to the hole in your mouth? This is probably my bigger issue than the long procedure. I just hate the thought of a tooth-less grin!

Andrea Ginger Snap ⋅ July 31, 2020

No flipper, but mine was on the bottom in the back. So it was barely noticeable.

echopod August 01, 2020

So strange reading through the comments — my dad also had dentures at 21! I have those teeth. I have more crowns than queen Elizabeth. I’d go with the implant. Costly now, but fewer issues with a bridge later.

bobbi01 August 03, 2020

Another vote for an implant. Yes it is spendy, but it will make you feel a whole lot better.

pandora August 12, 2020

Reading on to see what you decided!

Ginger Snap pandora ⋅ August 12, 2020

hahah! Love all these notes from you!

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