Post # 1
I had a tooth extracted a few years back and always said I would get around to getting an implant done once I had the money since it isn’t covered by insurance. Well, that was in 2007 and since then I lost my job and am now getting married and am mortified about what my wedding pictures are going to look like with one of my teeth missing on the left side of my mouth.
Anyone have any quick fix suggestions to at least assist me in photos?? It’s unrealistic for me to get it fixed with the wedding only 7 months away and the cost. I don’t need to have anything permanent!
Post # 3
@yupitsME: What is the cost? Would you be willing to put it on credit? I know that’s generally a no no but this is a special circumstance.
Post # 4
@yupitsME: When orthodontists are making space for an implant, they make a fake tooth and wire it onto the brackets on the two teeth on either side of the space. Can you ask your dentist if they think an ortho would do that for you ? ( placing the brackets on the back of your teeth so they are not visible).
Post # 5
Maybe photoshopping one in?
Post # 6
I have a friend with a retainer that has a fake tooth. You can’t even tell. I’m not sure how much it costs, though.
Post # 7
I don’t know – I would explain to your dentist that you can’t afford it and ask him what your less expensive options are (I know you have probably already done this). Or second best, I would borrow the money to get it done or put in on credit or something.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Maybe you could cut something from the budget (favors, reduce open bar, decor) and invest in a tooth! I think it’d be a good investment!
Post # 9
Can you work out a payment plan with your dentist?
Post # 10
When you get an implant you get a filler to hold the space until the permanent fake, they don’t just leave a hole or all your teeth would shift. That’s how my dentist explained it when he did my implant. Can you go back to your dentist and request the filler?
Post # 11
You can do a payment plan. My husband had to get an implant and they had a zero interest payment plan so we figured we might as well do that. It’s like $125/month.
Post # 12
@yupitsME: You’re in Southern California – check out the UCLA dental school! They do implants, and they cost less than a normal provider!
Post # 13
I would cut expenses from the wedding, literally. I do not want to sound snarky, by no means, but if in 7 years you didn’t think it was an emergency or didn’t have the money to replace your tooth, then it simply doesn’t make sense to take credit now to pay for it because you’re worried about wedding pictures (unless the financing is 0%). You’re already saving money for your wedding ; your tooth replacement has become a wedding expense as far as I’m concerned (just like my tooth-whitening kit is part of my wedding budget). Is there really nothing you can cut from your wedding budget ? Favors ? Flowers ? Alcohol ? If not, then the easiest and cheapest way to fix this other than credit is to Photoshop your pictures.
Post # 14
@fancymichelle: That’s a good idea, although I don’t know for UCLA, but my University has a 2 years waiting list. Many people don’t have dental insurances so that explains why the demand is so high.
Post # 15
Can they not give you a flipper? It’s a retainer that has the tooth on it (without the bar in front)
Not to mention I don’t think you even have time at this point to get an implant as they have to put in the screw base and let that heal for a decent amount of time before the implant can actually go in.
Post # 16
First off don’t wait too long to get the implant, your teeth will shift and try to fill the gap which will make it more expensive for you in the long run (if they shift too much you will need orthodontia). talk to your dentist about getting something called a temporary restoration. It looks exactly like your natural tooth and can be worn for up to 9months usually depending on the brand/material. It will still cost you money but not nearly as much as an implant. You should have gotten one of these anyways when your doctor fiirst removed your tooth to prevent your other teeth from shifting. Honestly only your dentist can help you decide the best coarse of action for your timeline and budget but If I were you I would make an appointment ASAP these things take time to make. If you really don’t want to bite the bullet and get an implant you can also get a bridge which will be expensive but not as expensive as an implant and is a more long term solution. This will mean getting crowns on the two surrounding teeth though and it’s a shame to drill down healthy teeth. Bite the bullet and get the implant, you can do a payment plan. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions, I work in the dental industry.