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Options for three missing front teeth

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Posted by: scottishailsa  (1 years ago)
Hi,
I lost one of my top front teeth 30 years ago and had a three tooth bridge installed which has lasted until last year. My dentist tried to replace it with another 3 tooth bridge but one of the posts wouldn't come out - the options he suggested were dental implants, a five tooth bridge or a three tooth denture which I chose to go for as the cheapest option. Unfortunately I've been suffering discomfort and embarrassment as it has been very insecure so I would like to go for private treatment for something more permanent. I have heard from a friend about something called a maryland bridge and was wondering if this might be appropriate for my situation? Any advice and ideas much appreciated :)
Ailsa
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Dentist
Dear scottishailsa,

if you are looking for a permanent solution, a maryland bridge is in no case a proper solution, since that is only a long-term temporary bridge. Anyway, without an x-ray, nobody can tell you what the best solution would be, so I advise you to seek a second opinion.

All the best!
Posted 1 years ago
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Dentist
Hi,
I lost one of my top front teeth 30 years ago and had a three tooth bridge installed which has lasted until last year. My dentist tried to replace it with another 3 tooth bridge but one of the posts wouldn't come out - the options he suggested were dental implants, a five tooth bridge or a three tooth denture which I chose to go for as the cheapest option. Unfortunately I've been suffering discomfort and embarrassment as it has been very insecure so I would like to go for private treatment for something more permanent. I have heard from a friend about something called a maryland bridge and was wondering if this might be appropriate for my situation? Any advice and ideas much appreciated :)
Ailsa


Maryland bridges do not work for such a long span.

I would hesitate to place a 5-unit bridge in 2012, when implants are so successful.

So your real options are implants or a partial denture, which you say you hate.

Making convincing implant crowns in front often takes some gum and/or bone grafting. It would be quite a project, but worth it in the end. A project like this will probably require the help of a gum specialist, and possibly an oral surgeon, in addition to an experienced general dentist.
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