Will I need a dental implant to replace my cracked tooth? I was cracking pecan shells with my teeth and one of my teeth cracked. I was going to find a dentist in a few weeks to get a new filling in it. The cracked piece broke off. I saved it. Can I avoid for a few weeks? Can the tooth be saved or will I need an implant? We were heading to the New Mexico to visit my family and I don’t want to get involved in a long dental procedure. This is a trip that I don’t be able to reschedule until next year. Thanks. Zidora
Zidora – Your comment about finding a dentist sounds as if you don’t have a dentist whom you regularly see. If that’s that case, find an emergency dentist who can see you today or tomorrow. Don’t travel to New Mexico without knowing the condition of your tooth.
Without examining your tooth, we can’t tell you if you will need a dental implant. But it is likely that you will experience a lot of pain during your vacation if you don’t get help right away.
The dentist will examine your tooth, take x-rays, and do whatever is necessary to the tooth to help you get through your vacation without a lot of pain. He or she will let you know if the tooth can be saved and protected with a dental crown, or if a bridge or dental implant is recommended. A dental implant will only be necessary if the tooth cannot be saved. But you wouldn’t need to get an implant right away.
Regardless of the permanent treatment recommended, get a second opinion. Another dentist might have a different perspective on the best way to preserve your tooth. If you need a dental implant, keep in mind that they require skillful planning, careful surgery, and proper after care to succeed. Ensure the dentist you choose has significant experience in implant placement. Don’t compromise on a dentist’s experience.
Compare your dental visits, learn about each dentist’s credentials and experience, and decide which dentist you want to permanently restore your tooth.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.