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I am on a limited income, I have medicaid which covers nothing for adults. I have been in need of a root canal for over 2 years on my front top tooth and it is painful and something needs to be done soon. I don't want to lose my front tooth but I can't even afford the cheapest I've found in Sumterville Langely clinic for $600 and then the crown for $800 so I'm wondering if a partial is the way to go, would it be cheaper? And... what is this snap on smile I've read about? I just don't know what to do, but I am very aware of the ugliness of my tooth and I keep losing more an more of it. Please help guide me the right way. Thank you so much in advance for you answers...

Dear Debbie,

I don't know the fees at S-A clinic, but a partial is almost always less expensive when replacing multiple teeth.

For one tooth, the cost of removing the tooth and having a partial made will be about the same cost as the root canal and crown.  In my world, keeping your tooth is almost always the best option.  A partial will put pressure on other teeth.  This may affect them adversley.

Ask the clinic to provide you with a cost estimate for the partial, then ask their staff to explain the benefits and risks of both.  Then ask one of the staff which they would choose if they were you.  I'm sure they will be very happy to help you with your decision.

Good luck.  Let me know what you did.


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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