I have been trying to pick the best implant dentist in my area, but I’m not sure how to choose between them. I am missing several teeth and have been given a few different options. One doctor told me to fill all the spaces with dental implants, while another suggested an implant-supported bridge, and the third one told me to get as many as I could afford, and to do a traditional partial denture for the rest. Personally, I  liked the last option the most, but I think the second one was the best implant dentist. Should I go to him and see if he’ll do the other procedure?

Jonathan- Ft. Smith, AR

Dear Jonathan,

It’s good that you’re looking into all your options before embarking on an extensive treatment plan, and you’ll definitely want to get the best implant dentist, as that can make a world of difference in the final result.

The problem is, dentists often recommend things based on what they believe your results will be, and some of that comes down to skill. So, you may find one that doesn’t have a high success rate with bridges, and he’ll recommend a denture instead. For this reason, it’s a good idea to go with what the dentist recommends, because you’ll know he’s doing something he’s comfortable with and is skilled at.

With that said, the second one may have made his recommendation based on cost or something you said during the consultation. He may be perfectly content performing the procedure that the third one recommended. Go ahead and call the office and ask about the alternate procedure.

If the dentist prefers not to do that procedure, don’t push the issue. You may wind up pushing him to try to appease you, and that just means he won’t be doing a procedure he feels good about. Select based on skill, and go with the recommended procedure, or choose another highly-skilled dentist who performs the procedure you want.

Dental implants are an advanced procedure, which can have serious complications if not done well.  Make sure your dentist has post-graduate dental implant procedures. You also want to ask about his succesful dental implant experience.

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