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Question:
Four of my front teeth are very badly chipped, two are signifigantly worse than the other two. The two that are not so bad do not have to much damage and a large portion of both are still intact.. I went to a cosmetic dentist to find out my options, and he only gave me one.

To completely remove all of them and replace them with a bridge, but before that he said he would have to give me a root canal on two of my back molars, they were damaged, I guess. He said that he had to do the root canals first before he would do anything. I am going to be paying cash when I decide what I want to do, and I know this will be extremely costly.

What I am wondering is is this really my only option? The thought of having to lose my front teeth at 24 is horrible. ...Visitor from OH

Answer:
My gut reaction is that I try to do everything I can do today to save every tooth possible.

One way to evaluate what is going on is to ask the esthetic dentist about the wax up. If I were going to be doing something like you are talking about and I had broken teeth etc... I would do a wax up of the case first so I could really tell where I was trying to go.

In other words I would take models and prepare the models like I think the case needs to look like. Then transfer that to the mouth. If everything looks good then you are good to go. You may also want to see some pictures of work that he has done.

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