My 20 yr old daughter fell and knocked out 2 teeth in front, one on top and one on bottom. We were told by the periodontist she need to have implants. Is this her only options? Can she get a partial? What would be the benefits of one option over the other? Thank you

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 15 - December - 2009, at 20:43 PM

  • Implant is the best option for your daughter seeing her age though these are expensive but in this procedure, the implants are inserted in bone and the adjoining teeth are not affected. The success rate is good. The other option is Crown and Bridge which are also called fixed partial dentures. In Bridge, for replacing one tooth, support is taken from two healthy teeth which are called abutments. As your daughter's teeth are front teeth and to get good aesthetics all ceramic bridge is the most suitable. For replacing one upper and one lower front tooth, you will have to pay for 6 units and this is also going to cost more or less same as implants. But in bridges, the adjacent teeth are compromised but advantage is that no surgery is involved and procedure is less time consuming. However if you want temporary and cheap solution then RPD is the option. For more on these subjects you can browse our site which has ample educational material on Dental Implants, Crown and Bridges and RPD (Removable Partial Denture) with all the FAQs.

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