In the past, dentists often chose to have root canals done on their own teeth.... but because the clinical evidence of infection in these teeth has become so apparent and the information has become so abundant in the dental journals, more and more dentists are personally opting for the extraction and implant.
In Alan's case because he has no teeth behind this one, there is no <<reasonable>> way to put a bridge in that area. There is no way to "bond" a fake tooth to the tooth in front. The only way to fill this space with a bridge would be to do what is called a cantilever bridge. The tooth in front of this one would be crowned and a fake tooth would hang off of the crown. The problem with this type of bridge is that it is not stable and the pressure of chewing would eventually injure or break the anchor tooth in front.
Believe it or not, the cost to do a cantilever bridge is about the same price as one implant! So the implant option is worth talking to your dentist about.
In the meantime, he should brush this tooth to keep it and the gum area clean. DO NOT use listerine or any type of mouthwash that contains alcohol, dyes or preservatives. These mouthwashes kill ALL of the bacteria, both good and bad which sets you up for infection. They also reduce the salivary flow.... again a set up for decay and infection.
It's important that he realize that this tooth is already infected. It's not hurting because there is an opening in which the bacteria is actually draining into his mouth. Although this is not a good thing, so long as the bacteria has a way to release itself, he will not get any swelling. But with that said, for obvious reasons, this is not something you put off taking care of.
Please let us know how things are going!
I'm not familiar with the product Silverbiotics. But so long as he doesn't consume it for any length of time, it should be ok to take for now. Some colloidal silver products can cause ageryria, which is a discoloration of the skin. Depending on the product and the amount and duration of consumption, this condition can be temporary or permanent.
Originally Posted by MelodyL
I knew you were going to say this. Because I once read that a dentist would never have a root canal (because of bacteria that always remain in the canals), that dentists would pull a tooth and put in an implant.
But unfortunately that is way out of our league in this matter. But I have a question. If Alan gets the tooth pulled (or whatever is left of the tooth), can they put a fake tooth in there (anchoring it to the adjacent tooth). He has no teeth behind the one that fell out. He does have one tooth on the other side.
So I guess what I'm asking is can a dentist (if one can't afford an implant), can they secure a fake tooth by bonding it to an adjacent tooth (and is that cheaper than an implant?)
OH, here's a good question. What does he need to do (until he sees the dentist) to make sure he doesn't get any infection?. Should he be gargling with something (like Listerine) or some mouthwash? Or rinsing his mouth with salt warm water.? He has no discomfort whatsoever. But we don't want any infections happening here.
What I did do was give him a teaspoon of Silverbiotics. I take this every day and been doing this for years and I haven't had any kind of infections for A LONG TIME.
So I figured what the heck, and I gave him a teaspoon full.
Is there anything he needs to do until he sees his dentist? The guy doesn't get there until Monday.