I want to get a dental implant for a single missing tooth, but my dentist says I should get a bridge instead. I know the bridge is less expensive, but I really wanted something that felt more natural, so it is important to me to get the implant. What are the reasons not to get one?
Sariah L. – Utah
Did your dentist tell you that you’re not a candidate for dental implants because of a medical reason? One example would be for not having enough bone structure. If he didn’t give you a medical reason, then my guess would be he or she doesn’t really have the experience needed to place the implant.
When it comes to a single tooth, either a dental bridge or dental implant would work. The balance might shift in the favor of the bridge, only if the adjacent teeth needed any work. If not, an implant is a better treatment.
Don’t push your dentist to do this procedure, especially if they don’t have the experience. This is a very advanced procedure. It can cause severe, life threatening problems if it’s not done well.
If an implant is that important to you, I’d go to an implant dentist for the procedure.
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