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Teeth knocked out - what to do?

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  • Posted By: kiwi88
  • January 19, 2007
  • 04:53 PM

Hi there,
Has anyone had a similar experience or have suggestions for my younger sister, who knocked out 2 of her front, upper teeth a few years ago? My sister has cerebral palsy (only mild, but she often overbalances) and fell over, knocking out her teeth. She was only 9 years old and is now 16, and has finally been given an idea of what can be done for her to help with the appearance of her mouth. Either she can have a "bridge", which will be bits of wire stuck onto the back of the adjacent teeth, and two false teeth stuck onto that, so from the outside of her mouth, it will look as though she has all her teeth. However, I am unsure of how much use she will have of these teeth - probably still wont be able to bite into an apple or corn.
There is also a second option, of having implants, which she can use normally - BUT, when she fell over, she also smashed (and I mean completely smashed) her lower right cheek bone, which the doctors were able to piece together, but it is very dense and will not hold the implants. If my sister choses this option, she will have to have some of her hip bone taken to replace the bone in her cheek and the teeth implants put into that. It will be a much more painful and time-consuming experience for her, but may leave her with a better quality of life.

Basically, I am looking for ANYONE who can tell me what they know, or if they have had a similar experience (even just bone taken from the hip or something!) - so that my sister can make the right decision for her teeth. We are also worried that, if she falls again later on in life, she may knock the implants or bridge out of her mouth - causing damage again. In this case, it may be better to just have the bridge...but who knows. The decision is very difficult for her, and having had a fairly awful experience with her teeth last time in hospital, she is extremely nervous about the operations, etc.

THANKYOU to anyone that can help - this is posted under a few different sections...sorry if you read it twice!

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  • um, i got one of my front top teeth knocked out. i havent really done anything about it...mostly because lack of money. heh...sorry i couldnt help
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
    • 01:36 AM
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  • I have not had the experience, but if it were me I would probably go for the more invasive procedure. It would be done under anesthetic so she wouldn't feel anything. I think it would be better than having a dental plate and all the cleaning that goes on with one, and the possibility of it slipping out etc. Just my thoughts. Hope whatever she chooses she will do well!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 02:22 AM
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