I lost a front tooth due to an accident. I wanted to replace it with a dental implant but my dentist said you can’t do implants on people who take Fosamax, as I am. I’ve been trying to use a dental flipper while I decide what to do but it’s been a disaster. Not only does it not feel great, it also doesn’t really match the tooth next to it.
When you take Fosamax, there is an increased chance of complications in the bone when dealing with surgery involving bone. The risk is very small, but has serious consequences if it happens. So be certain you weigh the risks. You can, however, temporarily suspend taking the Fosamax in preparation for the surgery. Your surgeon and physician will need to coordinate.
However, I wouldn’t allow your dentist to do the dental implant procedure. He’s obviously uncomfortable with it and you don’t want him doing something he’s not ready for. Your case has added complications so make certain whoever you have to do it has advanced training.
Dental Implants on Front Teeth
You have another issue to consider. Our front teeth are very visible. When you are talking about matching a single front tooth, it takes top-of-the-line cosmetic skills. This is two complications for you.
In your place, I’d start by looking for an AACD accredited dentist in your area. Then, see which of them has extensive implant training. This will give you the best chance of having the best outcome on your case.
Your dentist should tell you this, but it is important you have your teeth the color you want them before the dental crown for your implant is made. The color of the crown is permanent and will not be able to be changed after completion. While I wouldn’t have your dentist do other cosmetic work, teeth whitening is something any dentist can do. So, if you want to whiten them before getting your crown, he can do that for you.
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