During my 29 years in the dental industry, I've always been surprised by the fact that nobody complains when, in order to replace one missing tooth, the dentist has to damage two healthy teeth or drill into a healthy jaw to install an implant.
In the case of a bridge, the patient is loosing a healthy tooth and paying for three teeth when only one tooth is missing. In the end, the patient has his entire teeth crowned.
A bone graft in the jaw is necessary prior to installing an implant. The real value of an implant lies in the reduction of the gum's shrinking process that occurs after an extraction. A thick gum with saliva creates great suction that enables a denture to stay stable on the jaw. However, thick and healthy bone-grafted jaws will often be drilled to install an implant.
Bridges and implants are the most mutilating and expensive teeth replacement procedures. On top of that, they are often made with non environment-friendly materials.
The math is simple. Assuming that an individual loses teeth and replaces one tooth every five years, within 20 years, four teeth will be missing, and eight healthy teeth will be damaged because of bridges or implants: this leads to paying for 12 teeth.
The Hippocratic Oath requires to "apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of over-treatment and therapeutic nihilism." Within the dental industry, healthy organs are damaged to replace teeth when it is not necessary. Can we imagine an ophthalmologist damaging the healthy eye to fix the other one? It is insane.
The Hippocratic Oath is the genesis of My Dental Wig, the # 1 company that provides an eco-friendly tooth replacement mobile service.
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