DENTAL IMPLANTS-DON`T MAKE THE MISTAKE I MADE
I have a major fault. Only one? (joke) I try to save money when I shouldn’t and I had a situation with my front teeth. They are called “incisors” and to be more specific central and lateral incisors , and you have 4 incisors in the top jaw and 4 in the bottom jaw. It appears that I am an intense person and during the night I grind my teeth. I ground the top incisors, both the central and lateral, to the point that I had very little left of them. I visited the dentist and was told that I could get implants put in a over the ground teeth at the top. The gums at the top would secure the implants and I decided to do it. It looked great, the dentists did excellent work and to this day these implants work well and look great. Now remember the implants at the top were done when I was younger.
Well time passed and would you believe I had worn down my incisors at the bottom. So what to do. I had to .take x-rays of my head, jaw and teeth to find out if dental implants were right for me. They were. Surgery would follow. During the first stage of surgery my dentist would put a dental implant into my jawbone beneath the gum tissue. The gum tissue is then stitched back into place. As the tissue heals the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. The tissue can take several months to heal. Then what follows is a second stage of surgery where the dentist will attach an abutment to the implant. That abutment is a post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant. In some cases the first and second stage of surgery may be done in one stage.
An artificial tooth or teeth in my case are made and the dentist attaches it to the abutment. Several appointments may be necessary. To make a long story short, for the top incisors I chose to put in implants and for the bottom incisors I chose partials. Now I realize that I had made the wrong decision. Food gets trapped and you are busy taking them off and cleaning them. Hopefully, if someone can afford implants, that person will learn from my experience.