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Dental implant or crown?

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Patient
Posted by: Dong2011  (9 years ago)

Hello,

I have a crown over a tooth, which was treated by a root canal a few years ago. While I was flossing, the tooth broke into two and the crown fell off. The dentist glued the crown back on. He said if the tooth will cause my any problem, it will have to be extracted and I will have to get an implant to replace it. The tooth seemed badly broken but we will wait and see how it goes since it is not giving me any pain so far.

I went to two dentists to inquire about implants. The first dentist said I don’t need to get implant, he can fix my tooth with a crown and a post. The other one said, I would need a bone graft done before putting the implant in. I am quite confused now. Which treatment method is better? Any suggestions? Please help me to decide! Thanks so much.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello. I understand your confusion. implants are for long term considering that it is done successfully and you have enough bone to support the implant. In your case one of the dentists mentioned of a bone graft (need of additional bone in the area where the implant in intended to be placed) that you would need if you go ahead with an implant. If you choose the crown option it also depends on how much tooth structure you have left.
If the crown fails you eventually will end up needing an implant. The two options also depend on your finances. For now if you don not have pain with the fractured tooth that was glued back by your dentist you do not have to initiate a treatment. I hope this helps.
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