Dentist Placed My Dental Implant Knowing the Bone Wasn’t Ready

I am not sure about how to handle a pickle I have found myself in. I needed a tooth replacement and chose to have a dental implant. When I woke up from the surgery, my dentist said there wasn’t really enough bone density but he went ahead and placed the implant anyway. Now he wants …

Dental Implants After Ten Years

If I’ve had dentures for the last ten years, is it possible to get dental implants? I heard it was possible, but my dentist said I’ve been in dentures too long. I know he’s the dentist and I’m not, but I know someone who’s done it. Which dentist is right? Caroline Dear Caroline, I’m glad …

Dental Implants with Gum Disease

I spend most of my life without dental insurance, which I’ve used as an excuse to not go. I realize now that I do have dental insurance, it was more that I’m afraid of the dentist than anything else. Even after I had insurance it took me a while to go in. I went in …

Dentist or Oral Surgeon to Extract all My Teeth?

I am sick of dealing with my teeth. I’m just 28 years old and they cost me a fortune. Every time I go to the dentist, I either need a filling or dental crown, even though I brush and go to the dentist twice a year. I’m to the point that I just want to …

Medical Insurance and Dental Implants

I recently had to replace all my upper teeth with a denture. The plate is making me gag. I worried about this before getting the dentures because I knew I had a strong gag reflex. I haven’t been able to wear them and now just have no teeth on my top arch. Will medical insurance …

Gum Disease and Dental Implants

If I’m losing my teeth because of gum disease, can I replace them with dental implants? Brent W. Dear Brent, While dental implants are a fantastic tooth replacement, you are not a candidate while you have advanced gum disease. As you can see from the image to the left, the dental implants have to be …

Can I Replace an Ugly Tooth?

I have a tooth that has turned all dark and gray. I am too embarrassed to smile right now. I looked it up and from what I can tell this means the tooth has died. Can I just remove it and replace it with a fake tooth? Ben Dear Ben, I want you to take …

Diabetes and Dental Implants

I’m losing a couple of teeth due to an accident and am hoping to get dental implants. The big problem with that is I have diabetes. Will that knock me out of contention for dental implants? If so, what are my options? Timothy Dear Timothy, Having diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean you will not be able …