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CHAPTER_4326.5: How Your General Dentist Can Help

 

Decisions about replacing teeth can seem overwhelming at first, both from a psychological and financial standpoint.  Communicating your feelings and expectations to your general dentist is a necessary step to moving forward.  It may be helpful to watch videos, review still photographs or read testimonials of others who have replaced teeth with implants or dentures to see how they are functioning orally, systemically and psychologically.

 

By speaking with your general dentist, you can weigh the options and the pros and cons of replacement teeth or even endodontic treatment to save a "hopeless" tooth.  The key to finding the right option is not being embarrassed.  Working with your dentist will make it possible to establish both short- and long-term goals that keep your self-esteem – and your smile – intact.

 

Reviewed: January 2012