I have a tooth that needs to be extracted next to a tooth that needs a dental crown. I want to get a bridge. My dentist wants me to get a dental implant for the missing tooth and then a crown for the adjacent tooth. He insisits it’s the much better treatment. What’s your opinion?
Margie H. – Alabama
Both are viable treatments. While it is true that, by itself, dental implants are a superior treatment, there are times that a dental bridge makes more sense.
Your case could be one of those. If you need a crown on an adjacent tooth anyway, then a bridge makes sense. The only reason I can think of for separating the treatments is the fact that the other adjacent tooth is healthy and you may not want to grind down healthy tooth material.
Either plan is fine and your dentist shouldn’t insist on one above the other. It’s really your choice.
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