I think in matters of teeth and dentists, it's up to the PATIENT to research and decide, not the dentist.
I do agree with Pirouette: good dentists are even harder to find than good lyme doctors.
When you treat your mouth, teeth, there isn't a perfect solution.
There are less worse solutions.
Root canals are bad because the tooth is dead, so no blood is going there. It has micro-tunnels that can harbor bacteria, but as blood does not reach it any longer, it cannot be healed (except for some Rife frequencies, if you find the right frequencies, and do rife very frequently).
So I would then TAKE OFF root canal as an option.
Better toothless than with a dead tooth (= root canal).
any other solution is a matter of individual choice.
Bridges will harm the neighboring teeth, will offer perfect places for bacteria to grow (under the bridge sockets).
Some may last 10 years, but may eventually fail (the same way we change fillings from times to times, we need to change bridges...).
But then damage to neighbor teeth becomes bigger and you may end up loosing both neighbor teeth.
I use partials that I put on and off. Easy to clean, but not aesthetically nice.
This was the only option my lyme doctor gave me.
He told me he wouldn't put any implant, as I was too ill, and my bones were weak, and that implants can still harbor bacteria, and if you use titanium it is almost as hellish as mercury (in his opinion, titanium is something to be taken off the list of possibilities).
So if your bones are healthy, and can stand a zirkonium implant, that would be aesthetically better than a partial.
But for the health, I do think the partial is better, because it's less invasive, you don't put any foreign materials in your bones, you can remove the partial when you want.
If the jaw bones are not strong, an implant may fail.
I have heard of such cases (even if the dentist swore it would not happen!!).
Can you imagine a screw inside your bones failing? Not a nice picture...
Options are taking the screw off, which is a very hard enterprise in itself, then making a bone implant before re-trying a new screw!
Lyme patients are hard cases. Don't count on most dentists to give you advice.
Read a lot, try to find biological dentists (even though there are many types of bio dentists), then take your own decision .
Never let the dentists decide for you: it's your mouth, your health.
You do what you believe is best for you, not what the dentist think it's best.
Of course, that is my opinion. I took 7 dead teeth off, ALL OF THEM were FULLY infected, till the jawbone. Bad infection, to the point that I had lost most of the bones surrounding the teeth (but X rays showed NOTHING).
The bones become like jelly, and look 'normal' in X rays. They were jelly, because the dentist used a mini-spoon to take off what were bones once. X rays never showed any jawbone problem.
How can THEY decide what is best, based on X rays that show nothing?
Post Edited (Jinna) : 6/12/2017 5:41:18 PM (GMT-6)