I have quite a few teeth that need work. Many are chipped. I know there are stains. I also have several teeth with cavities. I want to fix my teeth or at least find a permanent replacement for the ones that can’t be saved but all my dentist wants to do is extract them and put in partial dentures. I am only 32 years old, which too young for partial dentures. Do I have options?
While you have options, they may not be with this dentist. Every dentist is different. Some work hard to save teeth. Others just want to do the easy procedures and take the money. The one good thing you have going for you is your dentist didn’t try to do procedures he wasn’t comfortable with. When this happens, the results are usually an absolute disaster for the patient.
Your first order of business is to find a dentist who is willing to work with you. For your cavities, there are dental fillings and dental crowns (if the decay is too large for a filling). For chipped teeth, there is dental bonding, but that does take a dentist comfortable with cosmetic procedures.
As for teeth that can’t be saved. Your best solution is a dental implant. These are permanent tooth replacements and are much better than any type of denture. Like cosmetic procedures, however, it is important you find a dentist who has invested in post-doctoral training in these type of procedures. Neither of them are recognized specialties, so it is up to the dentist how much training they get in them.
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