I’m kind of frustrated. I need one tooth replaced because of an accident. I’d really like to get a dental implant. My dentist keeps saying they’re not as great as they’re proported to be. I really don’t want to unecessarily grind down two healthy teeth. Is a dental bridge really superior?
Sometimes, when a dentist isn’t comfortable doing a particular procedure, rather than admit that to the patient, they still want to seem like the expert so they discourage the patient from the procedure.
This is likely what your dentist is doing. He’s not an implant dentist, so rather than send you elsewhere and risk looking less of an expert in your eyes, he is trying to steer you toward the procedure he is comfortable with. In this case, he’s sending you toward a dental bridge.
Dental Bridge Versus Dental Implant
If you were in need of a dental crown on at least one of the adjacent teeth, then it would make sense to get a dental bridge. You don’t, so you are right to not want to have healthy teeth ground down.
What you’ll need to do is find a dentist experienced and skilled in placing dental implants. Talk to a few dentists in your area and ask how many dental implants they typically place and what their success rate is. It should be around 98%.
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