Things to Consider Before Getting a Dental Implant

If you are considering getting a dental implant but you are still unsure if that is the best treatment option for you, I will go over some points that may be overlooked during the consideration process.  Most dental implants that are placed are done so with the best interest of the patient.  There are however, a few exceptions when a dentist recommends treatment that may be better for their bottom line instead of what is best for the patient.  Here are a few points that are worth evaluating when you are considering an implant.

  • If you are replacing a single missing tooth, you have to take into consideration the health of the adjacent teeth. 

Just because a dental implant would work great in an area, a dentist need to make sure that that is the best option for you.  For example, if you have crowns on adjacent teeth, you could easily remove the crowns and fabricate a bridge to replace the missing tooth.  This option, in most cases, would be less expensive than getting a dental implant. Another example would be if any of the adjacent teeth are broken down or have large fillings  In that case the teeth may benefit from being crowned.  By placing a bridge you replace a missing tooth and provide full coverage for the teeth that need it.  This means that instead of paying for the implant and separate crowns, you take care of all the issues with a single bridge.  This means cost savings to you.

  • Implants can and occasionally do fail.

Even when implants are presented as a permanent option for replacing a missing tooth, implants do fail.  Talk to your dentist to find out if you would be responsible financially for the failed implant.  This is especially important if you are using dental insurance to pay for the procedure.  If the implant fails and you do not get a refund you may have to pay for the alternative treatment options out of pocket.


  • Are you replacing a 2nd or 3rd molar with an implant?

I have seen this quite often.  A patient loses a back molar and they have it replaced with an implant.  The truth is that you do not do much chewing in the back of your mouth.  So unless you are swimming in money or are worried that you are one tooth short I personally would not recommend replacing a 2nd or 3rd molar with an implant.  There are exceptions, if you are missing more teeth in the arch or if that spot is more favorable for placing an implant in preparation of the area for an implant supported bridge, then that may be what needs to be done.  However, if you have all your teeth in the arch and are missing a second molar I would let the area be.

  • Just because it is the most expensive treatment option, is it right for you?

There are dentists out there that might not have your best interest in mind.  Placing and restoring an implant means big payday for a dentist.  In most cases that is the most effective option however, there are instances where it is not.  If you have not been presented with all the treatment options that are available ask you dentist to do so.  Remember leaving the site as is is also an option that is available to you.  Sometimes getting a second opinion is beneficial to the consumer.

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