Not the best dentist for your implants

I had two teeth extracted that I am planning to replace with dental implants. For one of the teeth, my dentist left the root in. When I realized it, I called to ask about it. He says it isn’t a problem, but I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be if I need a root implanted. What do you think?

Janet H.- Indiana


There are times that a root can be left, but generally we are talking about root tips, not the whole root; and only when there is a high risk situation. But, there are a couple of things that concern me here. First, when root tips are left, the dentist always informs the patient. It doesn’t sound like your dentist informed you.

My next concern is regarding your dental implants. I hope you’re not planning on using this dentist for your implants. He is defintely not the best dentist for this procedure. He’s got even the most basic aspects of implants wrong. You know more than your dentist. You’re right, you cannot have any of your natural root there if there is going to be an implant placed.

You need to have the root removed as quickly as possible. If your dentist can’t remove it (which at this point wouldn’t surprise me), you’ll need to go to a different dentist. Preferably someone with an experitise in dental implants.

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Can you drink coffee with invisalign?

I am thinking about getting Invisalign treatments, but wondered if I would have to give up coffee? I’d rather give up an arm.

Hannah S. – Porthmouth


I know many people who feel simarly to you regarding coffee. The good news is you will not have to give up coffee altogether.  However, you won’t want to drink it while you have your aligners in. My suggestion is that you limit your coffee intake to when you have your aligners out.  That will be during meals. So you could have your morning coffee with breakfast, but you wouldn’t get to drink coffee again until your next meal.

There is a great reason not to drink while your Invisalign aligners are in. The heat  will warp your aligners. Plus, there is a a very good chance you will have coffee trapped in your aligners. It will sit on  your teeth all day. Because coffee is so acidic it will be eating away at your teeth that whole time. If you use sugar in your coffee that will add to the decay.

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