A tooth just fell out. What to do?

I am just confused and terrified ‘cos I just lost one of my upper teeth three days ago. This is my first tooth loss. My Dentist offered to extract it two days earlier but I refused ‘cos I don’t have Dental Insurance and always pay for myself. While I was eating some peanuts days later, it came out. My question is : What is the approx. cost-estimate to get a SINGLE-TOOTH REPLACEMENT (PERMANENTLY) done? I am trying to have a good idea so as to apply for a LOAN to get it done. I just paid for a FLIPPER TOOTH PARTIAL which I don’t like at all. Hope to hear your advice.

Bobby from North  Carolina

If you had a tooth fall out by itself, the chances are you have serious gum disease. And if that’s the case, you almost certainly have other teeth that are very close to falling out, too. So it would be false economy to pay to have this one tooth replaced until you know the entire picture.

Gum disease sneaks up on you, silently. It is usually painless, and there are few symptoms. You have no holes in your teeth, no toothaches, and you think you’re getting along fine without going to the dentist, and then you hit a certain age and your teeth start falling out. Bobby, it’s entirely possible that you have no teeth left that are solid enough to support a false tooth, and they may be so far gone that it’s not possible to save any teeth. Saying this isn’t going to do much for my popularity with you, but that’s very possibly the reality of your situation. And the irony of the situation is that it sounds like you were avoiding the dentist to save money. But the price of your neglect could be very expensive. While you could get your teeth extracted and removable complete dentures for maybe $2000 to $5000, depending on where you go, and you could get along with that, to get something back into your mouth that feels like real teeth could cost tens of thousands of dollars. This could be done with dental implants.

Too often people who lose their dental insurance quit having regular checkups. But actually, it becomes even more important to your pocketbook, in that situation, to keep up with preventive care. You can easily get good preventive care for maybe a couple of hundred dollars a year. In dentistry, all the problems start out small, and if you catch them when they’re small, they’re easy and inexpensive to fix. So on the hopes that you have good teeth left to save, I would get to a good dentist, find out the truth about the condition of your teeth, and take it from there.

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