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Old 10-02-2008, 04:44 PM   #1
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Implant-Supported Bridge

I have to have four front top teeth extracted and will be getting four implants for a implant supported bridge. I just found out that my regular dentist wants to use porcelain fused to low noble metal. As this is my front teeth, is this the way to go? Can anyone give me some advice on this? I would appreciate it.
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:31 PM   #2
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Re: Implant-Supported Bridge

If I was spending the $ on implants and crowns or abridge on top of them I would seriously consider having the "core" metal consist of more "golden" color=high noble metal. The porcelain poured on top of the high noble will have a more natural look to them.

 
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Re: Implant-Supported Bridge

I mentioned high noble to my dentist. I don't think he does that! I'm sort of freaked out as this is my front teeth and he seems to think he can hide that nasty gray line by shoving it up under my gums by wearing healing caps for two months. I don't even want porcelain on metal cause I think it looks flat and opaque with no natural translucent appearance.
I think I'm going to have to find a different dentist.
I really wanted all porcelain with a zirconia abutement but I don't think he knows about them and his lab doesn't do anything beside porcelain on low noble metal.
I really love my dentist...but it's my front teeth. I'm getting four implants for strength, I don't understand why I would need any metal at all. My dentist has been in practice for 30 years and I don't think he has changed his procedures in all that time. Rats.
Does anyone have any experience with all porcelain on the front teeth?
I just don't know what to do now. He did my partial and I go for my implants on the 27th.

 
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Give the front desk a call and get the name and phone number of the dental lab they use. Call...ask them what they have to offer for restoration. You should be able to run an image search online and get a better ideal of the esthetic differances between the diffenant options. The Dr. may just be reluctant to use a more quality material if has has had nothing but sucess with the noble metal. Thats fair, but your interest in a higher quality product...at a higher cost of course and long proven sucess is valid also. Otherwise. I would want another opinion too.

 
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Re: Implant-Supported Bridge

Great advice Mora! I did speak to my implant specialist and he called my regular dentist directly. They "chatted" and came up with porcelain fused to gold.
He said that would be best and still not give me a dark line. I really like both my dentists so I guess that's it! At least it's not that cheap base metal stuff that I dreaded. I don't care if it costs more (and I'm sure it will). In the long run, gold will make me happier, I think.
Thank you all for your great advice. I appreciate it.
Gellia

 
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