I have been told over and over by my dentist it’s time to replace my missing teeth. I have a couple out on top and one on the side, all on top. I have seen a couple different dentists because the first one wouldn’t stop nagging me about dental implants. But the new one is pushing dental implants over a dental bridge too. Why? What makes them so special other than the ridiculous price tag? They must be getting a kick back from the implant manufacturers or something.
– Rich in Washington
Dental implants are superior to a dental bridge for many reasons. It sounds like you may have a misguided opinion. It’s not about kick backs or anything of the sort. Your implant dentist should have given you a thorough explanation as to why dental implants are an excellent choice. Just speculating here, but you may have been turned off by the fees. Then, you probably didn’t hear any of the explanation. It’s true, they are expensive. Especially when compared to a dental bridge.
Dental implants are a permanent solution. Also, they do not require preparation of the surrounding teeth. They prevent facial collapse (a bone loss condition) that occurs when you don’t have any teeth left. And they look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Now, there are instances where a dental bridge makes more sense. If budget is a major determining factor, then a bridge may be right for you. Or if the teeth that surround the missing teeth need crowns anyway, then a dental bridge would work well.
So try meeting with your dentist again and listen to why he or she is recommending dental implants vs dental bridges. Most dentists want to find the right treatment for their patient and aren’t pushing a particular option. But feel free to seek multiple opinions. Just take an attitude of listening and be committed to open communication. You will be glad you did!
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Dr. Donald H. Currie, DMD