No, it's not 'a tactic to scare you'. See Crabcakes and the orthodontist (braces dentist) recommendation. In the implant process (and I have many) if, when the root is removed, the bone is good, the implant can be put in immediately and additional bone packed around it. Then a wait of 6 months for the bone to grow around and grip the titanium implant. Then the dentist makes a tooth that fits over the implant (a facinating process). However if the bone is not good additional bone is packed in and the gum sewn over it. Then a 6 month wait until the new bone is solid. Then the implant is put it and another 6 month wait.
Originally Posted by goinggrok
Because I am older and have oesteoporosis my bone is not that good so I get the longer route, a total of 1 year. At the beginning of the process the dentist made me a fitted plastic and fake tooth plate to wear to fill the space, called a retainer. However after the implant was put in I couldn't wear the retainer over it. So I just didn't wear it. By the time the dentist began to make the tooth for the implant, the teeth on either side had moved toward the space. This was easy to see and tell, because even just the retainer tooth alone didn't fit in the space anymore.
Because you are young and, hopefully, have a long life ahead of you, it's even more important for you to do this correctly now.
I have a lot of friends my age who, after many root canals and crowns, finally had their teeth pulled out and wear 'false teeth' plates. Because, with no roots or implants, their jaw bones shrink, they must have new plates made every few years. Alas, when in their late 70's or early 80's, they can no longer make plates to fit because there is too little bone left, they have to go without even false teeth and gum their food.
You've already had 6 teeth pulled. That's 2 too many. And now you're talking about another root to go. Please, go consult with an oral surgeon immediately.
And I think you need a new, better dentist.
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