Why am I getting completely different recommendations from different implant dentists?

I have a missing molar that I’m ready to replace. So I have begun seeking recommendations from multiple dentists. In fact I ended up visiting four different professionals, two dentists and two other periodontists about what would be the right thing to do. I thought I would get a general agreement and then decide who I liked best. But I guess I should have gone to another dentist to break the tie. The periodontists thought I should get a dental implant. Then one of the dentists suggested a bridge and the other said a Maryland bridge would be best. Now what am I supposed to do?

– Shannon in Colorado

Shannon,

What you are experiencing is pretty common. This is mainly due to the fact that there is more than one way to replace a missing tooth. You shouldn’t be concerned that different professionals gave you varying recommendations. Each one of those treatments will solve the functional problem.

Since you mention meeting with the periodontists, it can be assumed you have or have had gum disease. So if that is indeed accurate, than you may be particularly swayed by their recommendation. That said, a dental implant is the best treatment to replace a missing tooth. It is the most like your natural tooth, it functions just like it and looks like it too. It offers many advantages over a dental bridge in the long run.

There are pros and cons of a dental bridge vs a dental implant, but one thing you need to take into consideration if you have gum disease is that a bridge can place additional stress on the teeth and gums. If you decide to move forward with an implant, make sure you see an experienced implant dentist. One that can show you several examples of cases similar to yours and has credentials to prove it.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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