I I have posted here before about my root-canalled front tooth, and I have finally decided to get it sorted.
Just to recap, my upper left lateral incisor was root-canal treated about 5-6 years ago, and a large filling was placed. I am getting increasingly worried about it as I think 5-8 years is the normal lifespan for a white filling, so while it's doing well I worry constantly that it will fail and the tooth will break!
I have finally discussed it with my dentist, who suggested a post crown. However, as the tooth is heavily restored she referred me to her colleague, who is an expert in cosmetic dentistry and implants. When I saw him he said that because the tooth is quite thin there would be a risk of the post ultimately fracturing the tooth (which is consistent with some of the things I have read on the internet, and was a major concern of mine.) He said that as it is not causing me any specific problems (other than the constant worry!) I could leave it and see how it goes, or have it extracted and an implant placed. I decided that the implant would be the best option, and I am going in on Monday to have a CT scan and occlusal analysis. I suspect that the extraction will be a few weeks later, and I will be getting a flipper while the implant heals.
My plan was to avoid eating around others, as I gather that flippers can be difficult to eat with. I would like to be able to pop it out, eat, then put it back in, and hopefully no-one will be any wiser! However I have learned today that the work Christmas meal, which I had thought would be postponed until the New Year (when I will be able to avoid it), will be going ahead after all. I have no way of getting out of it, so my question is, can I eat with a flipper? I will be avoiding anything that I would need to bite down on, if I cut the food up into small parts will I have any problems eating? I have read some things that say you can eat with them, and others that say you can't.
Thanks in advance.