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Next steps, partial denture or implant

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Sarithecat

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Hi, further to my failed apicectomy posts I have a few questions that are making me very worried. My absolute hero of a dentist managed to squeeze me in Monday to have the tooth extracted and partial denture put in which is brilliant but has led me to panic about next steps. She has assured me that the nhs partial wont include a palate but would only be temporary
When we were discussing the infection and the loss of my tooth i was a little distracted to take it in fully.

I always assumed that if this failed I could have an implant once healed but she seemed to suggest a partial denture was better for me and that i might not be suitable for an implant. Is this due to bone loss? Are some people not suitable for bone graft? Does any of the bone grow back on its own like it was going to do after the apicectomy?

On the subject of Partial dentures, do I need to wait a certain period of time before getting a set privately that maybe would be more comfortable ( I am anticipating the initial denture may not be that great)? Can I have one that doesnt have a palate? I read an article on here of the different types and wonder if you can have a chrome one without palate?

She advised against a bridge as that involves work on otherwise healthy teeth. Are there any other options that I don't know about? Its a upper front incisor tooth.
Sorry if any of these questions are a little obvious I'm just trying to prepare my brain for what's happening
 
I always assumed that if this failed I could have an implant once healed but she seemed to suggest a partial denture was better for me and that i might not be suitable for an implant. Is this due to bone loss?
No, you'd need to ask your dentist.

Are some people not suitable for bone graft?
Not to my knowledge.

Does any of the bone grow back on its own like it was going to do after the apicectomy?
Sort of. The bone will re-establish itself after the extraction but it's hard to predict the shape of it.
On the subject of Partial dentures, do I need to wait a certain period of time before getting a set privately that maybe would be more comfortable ( I am anticipating the initial denture may not be that great)? Can I have one that doesnt have a palate? I read an article on here of the different types and wonder if you can have a chrome one without palate?
Not really, BUT it would be sensible to wait for 6 months to a year to allow the bone to fully heal, otherwise it will need redoing fairly soon after when the healing has completed.

She advised against a bridge as that involves work on otherwise healthy teeth. Are there any other options that I don't know about? Its a upper front incisor tooth.
Maryland (adhesive) bridge. Minor to no work on the other tooth.
 
No, you'd need to ask your dentist.


Not to my knowledge.


Sort of. The bone will re-establish itself after the extraction but it's hard to predict the shape of it.

Not really, BUT it would be sensible to wait for 6 months to a year to allow the bone to fully heal, otherwise it will need redoing fairly soon after when the healing has completed.


Maryland (adhesive) bridge. Minor to no work on the other tooth.
Thank you very much, this is really helpful. I will ask about the Maryland as a potential option
 
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