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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #50 on: May 18, 2015, 06:04:18 pm »
Got the offending tooth removed today. The dentist seemed to be rather surprised by the amount of infection. I'm getting a scan in a few weeks to see if I need a bone graft before the implanting  :-\

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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #51 on: July 23, 2015, 10:51:50 am »
Got a CT scan of me gob this week.

I had two options, one involving a bone graft, the other not. After being assured that normal day-to-day tooth function would be fine I have plumped for the second option.

The dentist wants to do the procedure sooner rather than later before any more bone is lost.

Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #52 on: July 23, 2015, 11:06:41 am »
I was given the same conflicting options, like you I went for the no bone graft option and everything is fine. Hope it all goes well for you.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #53 on: July 23, 2015, 12:59:17 pm »
Thanks BP.

The options weren't conflicting. The second option won't be quite as aesthetically pleasing as the first (allegedly).

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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #54 on: September 21, 2015, 10:15:35 pm »
Implant installed. I'm at the sitting around feeling sorry for myself stage.


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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2016, 12:03:03 pm »
Got the crown fitted last week (it was supposed be two weeks before that, but the dentist wasn't happy that the gum had fully healed after the implant). It's OK & Mrs P seems quite happy with it  :thumbsup:

If I found myself in a similar situation again I don't think I'd bother, though. I'd be happy enough to live with the gap given the discomfort and expense of the implant process.

Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #56 on: March 31, 2016, 10:21:03 pm »
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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #57 on: March 31, 2016, 10:28:10 pm »
Trouble is your face will cave in. DAMHIKT.

I take it you mean if you don't have a tooth there?
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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #58 on: March 31, 2016, 10:32:12 pm »
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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #59 on: December 15, 2016, 06:23:30 am »
Hi bikepacker and everyone else

I just recently got 2 dental implants placed. Works and looks perfect. Treatment and recovery takes a bit of time, but it is definitely worth it. Personally, I suggest a place in London. Good prices and great staff.

Here is a link - removed by spam detecting Mods

Hope this helps someone looking for good dental implant treatment.

I like the craggy look, they did a great job considering what was there before, what do you think?


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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #60 on: December 15, 2016, 10:36:09 am »
If teeth are removed, the jaw bones are resorbed and the face caves in.
Most toothless older folk in my childhood had short, caved-in faces and pronounced chins.
It's an appearance you don't see much nowadays as people tend to retain some teeth into middle age at least.
Gone are the days when a girl would have all her teeth out and new dentures as a 21st birthday present.

Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #61 on: December 15, 2016, 11:10:46 am »
Got my scan in early January, along with a chat with the bone harvester. Lord alive I am so sick of dentures already.

The bone absorption process has been really noticeable, in that the shattered bits of my jaw were sticking out the roof of my mouth and there was a large lump. Suddenly, all the little shards disappeared, and the gap is now smooth. I suspect usually, this would be a bad thing, but the backside of my LHS front tooth socked is blown out, so a bone graft was probably inevitable.

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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #62 on: December 15, 2016, 11:18:21 am »
I've had some abysmal dental treatment over the years, including a drill-and-fill monster in my teens who did all the damage, and another who ground down my natural teeth to try and make some ill-fitting crowns work. 

Sounds familiar to me.
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Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #63 on: December 15, 2016, 11:43:49 am »
I've had some abysmal dental treatment over the years, including a drill-and-fill monster in my teens who did all the damage, and another who ground down my natural teeth to try and make some ill-fitting crowns work. 

Sounds familiar to me.

Many of us who grew up before the '80s had this. The next generation's teeth are MUCH better. They have had:

Fluoridated water
Fluoride toothpaste
Fissure sealing
Dentists who observed rather than drilled'n'filled
Dentists who didn't probe little cracks
Better dental filling materials
Fewer sweeties and sweet shops
Dentistry that was much less brutal and painful

My sister and her husband have numerous heavily filled teeth. Their four sons have very few fillings.

Re: Dental Implants anyone have them?
« Reply #64 on: December 15, 2016, 01:19:23 pm »
Hi bikepacker and everyone else

I just recently got 2 dental implants placed. Works and looks perfect. Treatment and recovery takes a bit of time, but it is definitely worth it. Personally, I suggest a place in London. Good prices and great staff.

Here is a link - removed by spam detecting Mods

Hope this helps someone looking for good dental implant treatment.

Glad it all went well. I regard mine as £2200 very well spent.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #65 on: January 04, 2020, 06:36:29 pm »
About 8 months ago I had root canal work done on an upper molar, followed by a crown being fitted. Unfortunately I am still getting infections with small fistulas forming once a month or so.

The specialist who did the root canal looked at it again and advised that the tooth should come out.

I saw my usual dentist today who has said that I should live with it unless it gets painful. He asked whether I wanted an implant or denture if/when it does get pulled out as that would help determine when it should come out.

So:

Should the ongoing infections concern me?

Any advice on whether an implant or a denture would be better (leaving aside costs at the moment)?




Re: Dental questions
« Reply #66 on: January 04, 2020, 07:11:59 pm »
Not sure how much help this will be but, I've seen the dentist twice this week.
I had a crown fitted a few months ago and all was fine for a while. Over Christmas, it became very sensitive, first to temperature, then to pressure, then just to touch.
I got a 'turn up and wait' appointment on Monday and was given antibiotics for the infection which was causing the pain. They worked very quickly. I then saw my usual dentist on Friday. He said that there were three possibilities. One was that my bite was incorrect (which it was and he has now fixed). The other two both involved the nerve having died (so a similar situation to yours). He said that sometimes this causes no real problems and you can just live with it. Other times infections can recur and the only option then is to remove the tooth. We didn't get as far as discussing replacing it.

So it would appear that my dentist and yours agree that it there's no pain, don't worry too much.

But we must have a dentist on the forum somewhere.
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Re: Dental questions
« Reply #67 on: January 04, 2020, 07:29:31 pm »
But we must have a dentist on the forum somewhere.

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Re: Dental questions
« Reply #68 on: January 04, 2020, 07:56:12 pm »
I am not a dentist but my understanding is that ongoing infection can increase the amount of bone loss.
This might make an eventual implant more difficult technically, as well as increase the chance of implant infection, unless there's a LONG gap between extraction and implant.
If you are unlikely to follow the implant route, I would hang on to the tooth for as long as it is tolerable.

Re: Dental questions
« Reply #69 on: January 04, 2020, 08:31:00 pm »
I had an infection in a crown on a lower molar, the gum at the side used to get a sort of spot, which I'd pop every couple of days and yellow grunge would come out. Sounds gross, I know. My dentist talked about dentures and implants and tried to talk me into the implant, but the quote was £2300, which I thought was crazy. He mentioned about bone loss etc. Not sure why, but I didn't fancy the denture.
Anyhow, this went on for five years (yes, five). It did get progressively worse (soreness and the tooth got more wobbly) so a couple of years ago, after a change of dentist, I had it pulled out. It came out really easily and almost immediately I felt generally better.
I haven't had anything put in to replace, can't really see the point. 
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Re: Dental questions
« Reply #70 on: January 04, 2020, 08:33:03 pm »
I (unfortunately) have extensive experience of failed root canal treatments.  If fact every single root canal treatment I've ever had (7 in total) has eventually become infected and failed.  This is over a 20-year period.  I've had secondary root canal procedures at an NHS dental hospital - they also failed (which isn't surprising - they are known to have a poor success rate).

Either I've been exceptionally unlucky or the prognosis isn't good.  As Helly said, the longer the infection remains the greater the chance of bone loss and the more complicated (and expensive) an implant becomes.

I've now had 8 implants and counting, including several bone grafts and 2 sinus lifts - and probably another 2 required.  They are expensive and time-consuming but a good way of replacing missing teeth without using dentures.

I haven't had anything put in to replace, can't really see the point.

Depends whether:
a)  You are concerned about your appearance (if the gap is visible)
b)  It's affecting how you bite/chew your food

BTW, the root canal treatments were a result of failed crowns and bridges.  Every single crown I've had has failed, requiring the root canal treatments.  If I was starting out today I would go straight for an implant and cut out the subsequent crown/root canal stages, significantly cutting the net cost, not to mention time and suffering!

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Re: Dental questions
« Reply #71 on: January 04, 2020, 09:13:58 pm »
For the record, I think I've had root canal treatment in 7 teeth.
None has failed, though I had one tooth extracted 2 years ago, after the second post crown fell out and the root had been split for several years; both dentist and I thought tooth had had its day.
I have crowns on 7 teeth, 6 of which have had root canal treatment.

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Re: Dental questions
« Reply #72 on: January 04, 2020, 11:59:28 pm »
But we must have a dentist on the forum somewhere.

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Re: Dental questions
« Reply #73 on: January 05, 2020, 01:06:48 am »
Not me

I've got four root canals and three crowns though, of which two of the root canals (both in crowned teeth) have failed.  They lasted thirteen or fourteen years before failing.

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Re: Dental questions
« Reply #74 on: January 05, 2020, 08:34:28 am »
I've had a least 6 root canal treatments. The only crown I've had was a post and crown, following the Christchurch Incident where I basically cracked all the teeth on the lower right - they all failed over the following 8 or 9 months. The post and crown lasted 12 years and the dentist told me they generally last 10ish.

My feeling (& the advice from my dentist) would be to hold on to the tooth for as long as possible. I have 2 teeth which are basically stumps, the dead filled root is just a place holder to keep the bone & gum from deterioration and keep my options open.
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