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What should I get to fill the gap in my teeth?

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Posted by: joyce23  (9 years ago)
Dear Doctor!

My back left molar has been giving me problems for years. I cannot chew on this side without pain. A few months ago, I had a root canal treatment and a temporary crown on this tooth. When it's time to get the permanent crown, I told my dentist that it is still hurting. He told me to give it a few months more. After five months, it still hurts, much more when I press on it or when I touch it with my tongue. He said we will extract the tooth. I told him I want an implant to fill in the gap. He then suggested that I can have braces instead. They will move my crowded teeth to close the gap from the extraction site. I can't decide now. Should I go with the braces or stick to the implant? Please help!

Thanks a lot!
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Dentist
Dear joyce!

With braces you could solve both problems at once; the misalignment of your teeth and closing the gap. Obviously, it would depend on your specific tooth structure and the extent of the misalignment, but generally speaking I would prefer braces.

All the best!
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: joyce23  (9 years ago)
Hello Doc,

I am now completely sold on braces. It's like shooting two birds with one stone.:-)Thanks a lot!
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