New Tooth

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  1. cutNglue

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    I hate that I have to get my tooth pulled and replace it with a new tooth. I'm faced with 3 decisions.

    Bridge (will discolor over time): $2300

    Bridge (won't discolor over time): $3800

    Implant (feels more like a tooth because it is a single tooth drilled into the bone instead of a tooth and then 2 caps glued on the adjoining pieces, won't discolor over time): $4200

    This is my 2nd to last tooth on the top. When I smile you can see the barest glimpse of it but not really noticeable.

    Which would you do? I'm having a hard time deciding here.
     
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    I would go with the implant. Having a bridge put in will compromise the tooth in front of and behind it. Personally I'd not want that. I'd rather have the implant.
     
  4. TeacherNY

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    I needed 2 teeth replaced. On the top further back I got a bridge because my insurance paid for it 100%. It was a pain to go through since it required 3 dentists visits but now it looks really nice and even (3 new teeth in a row). The bottom one I might get an inplant. I just will have to see how much it cost. There is a chance the insurance will partially cover it.
     
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    Does the bridge bother you?
     
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    Part of me also says there isn't a significant difference between bridge with permanent coloring and the implant but there is a huge difference between the one that will eventually discolor and the permenant coloring but it is the top back. Will people even see it? I'm vain enough if they will--to pay the cost but I am cringing at the cost if that won't be the case really.

    The main factor is also about feel.

    Tell me more.
     
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    If you can barely see it, I'd go for the cheapest option.
     
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    Agree here.

    And the discoloring may be affected by your own actions. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? If that is a factor, and the coloring versus cost is truly an issue for you, you may want to take that into consideration.
     
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    I agree with Upsadaisy. If people won't be looking at it (and I doubt anyone would notice) then I'd go the cheapest route.
     
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    I'd go for the cheapest option if nobody can see it. I actually have to go to the dentist (when I get my insurance in March) to have fillings drilled out and refilled. I'm not looking forward to it, however, I had a bunch of cavities in between my front teeth when I was younger (middle school) and what my parents had told them to put in has discolored over time. If it wasn't right in the front, I wouldn't care at all. However, I don't like the fact that when I smile you can see the yellow from where it has discolored.
     
  11. FarFromHome

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    I have an implant. I don't have a lot of time now, but I will come back and post more later.
     
  12. TeacherNY

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    It feels fine. The only thing you have to do is use special floss if there are any spaces. For me, free was the cheapest option so that's what I took LOL
     
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    Only because the tooth is in the back, maybe the cheaper option, but hey, if you want the implant, go ahead! It's more comfortable I assume.
     
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    I would get the implant if at all possible.
     
  15. FarFromHome

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    Like I said before, I have an implant. I basically had a root canal gone bad, and everything had to be pulled. I just had a space with no tooth for a little while, because I wasn't sure what to do (it was in a place you couldn't see). I decided against a bridge because it requires them to shave down the teeth on either side. I have had a lot of cavities and those two teeth were actually teeth without fillings, so I wanted to leave them alone.

    The prices I had were a LOT less than what youve quoted though. Do you know if this has to do with your location? I was quoted $2,000 (before insurance) for my implant. Are the prices you quoted before or after insurance? I ended up getting insanely lucky-my implant was done for free. After the awful experience with my root canal gone bad (a shot right in the infected area that caused my body to go I to convulsions), the office manager offered for them to do it free if I let them use it as a training experience. So the dentist (with experience) did the implant while an assistant watched and helped.

    After, I'm not sure how much I like it. I think they shaved it down a little too much, trying to get my teeth to line up. And there's a space underneath-my floss will go under the tooth. But it was done for free and I don't live there anymore, so I can't do much about it. It was a pretty easy and pain free experience though. It pretty much just feels like a normal tooth now.
     
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    I wanted to add-the implant is a long process. I'm sure they've explained some of that to you. I had the first part done in May, but then didn't get the actual tooth put on until November I think. So I just had a metal post until then.
     

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