Bridge with boneloss

So I had a tooth removed front tooth due to injury when I went to the dentist they said I had gum disease which I had treatment for the dentist said I have 25% bone loss across my upper teeth I have a flipper tooth at the moment I’m hoping for a bridge I go to see a private dentist in Friday n got my fingers crossed I can because I can’t cope with this denture in place has anyone been in this position and had a bridge fitted

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  • Toothsmith
    Toothsmith Posts: 10,073 Forumite
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    edited 25 March 2022 at 11:39AM
    You will get answers from people saying it can be done, and some from people saying it can't.

    The crucial thing is what can be done for you, with your particular circumstances - which can only be assessed by a dentist seeing you.

    One thing though if your gum disease is active still, then anything advanced like a bridge is not a good idea, and will accelerate the disease and further tooth loss. So appointments with dentist, or more likely hygienists will be necessary to get this under control. 

    The biggest part of getting it under control will be your oral hygiene, and what you are doing at home, as if that isn't doing the job - then no amount of hygienist visits will save your teeth. Habits like smoking (if you do) will need to be stopped as well.

    A phrase I often use with smoking patients of mine with gum disease. "You can choose fags, or you can choose teeth. You can't have both"

    If the gum disease is successfully controlled - then the full range of dental treatments can safely and effectively be provided.
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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