Re: Grieving over lost tooth
I actually registered just to respond to this. For sure, get a second opinion. There are multiple types of implants, and several types of bone grafts. See a periodontist, or an implantologist who specializes in implants. Many general dentists do implants after taking a weekend course on how to do it. While that's fine for an average patient they don't know what to do with more challenging patients. Go to someone who is an expert and let them see what they can come up with.
I'm missing several teeth and my specialist has plans and back up plans if the implants he placed several months ago don't work. I've been pleased with how he's handled things. I mentioned that my teeth are "so screwed up" and he calmly replied that we can fix or solve for virtually every issue in my mouth.
Don't give up hope until you've exhausted all your options! I was overwhelmed because I had surgery last year and they broke several of my teeth and I couldn't afford to get them all fixed/extracted/implants. After a few months and a ton of research I figured out I could afford it out of the country (that's not right for everyone, but it was the solution for me), and it's like a weight has been lifted-because I have a solution.