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A 45-year-old member asked:

How do i tell if i need a dental implant?

24 doctor answers49 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Cosmetic effect:: If you feel that other types of dental work are unsatisfactory, you might be an implant candidate.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry 16 years experience
Varies: Dental implants are used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, a dental implant may be your best option. However, in some situations a dental implant may not be possible. See your dentist for a full evaluation.
Dr. Gary Herskovits
undefined 41 years experience
if there is not enough bone, bone can be added. An Implant is far better then drilling down natural teeth to replace a missing or missing teeth.
Nov 8, 2012
Dr. Anthony Silvestro
Dentistry 19 years experience
Depends: If: 1. You have a missing tooth, or 2. You want to better support your denture/ partial.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
Got missing teeth.: If you are missing any teeth (not wisdom teeth) and adequate space is present for a tooth in that space, then a dental implant is the best treatment. The other options to replace the missing tooth is a bridge, partial denture or no treatment.
Dr. William Dapper
Dentistry 37 years experience
Replacement of teeth: Wherever there are missing teeth there is possibility that you may be a candidate for dental implants.
Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Periodontics 45 years experience
Dental implants: Dental implant is the best replacement for missing tooth/teeth. It's also the replacement for tooth/teeth that are slated for extraction (except wisdom teeth). Also if you have a failing existing bridge dental implant can be a great alternative. Implant supported restorations are life savers for patients with high gag reflex (that cannot tolerate dentures).
Dr. Scott Frank
Immediate Implant Placement 35 years experience
Missing tooth or tee: Generally, if you are missing a tooth or several teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Got "Hockey Look": If you are missing teeth, odds are a dental implant is one of the best options available. Consult your dental provider for an answer specific to your situation.
Dr. Brian Dorfman
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 20 years experience
Missing Teeth: Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, you are a dental implant candidate. If you have failing teeth or teeth in prro condition you are a dental impant candidate as well. Dental implants are now becoming the standard of care for missing teeth. They offer a lifetime of use whereas a bridge has a 5-7 year lifespan based on the study you read. Dentures limit your function.
Dr. Brian Dorfman
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 20 years experience
Missing tooth: If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth then you should probably have an implant. Dental implants are now pretty much standard of care for missing teeth. Much better prognosis than a bridge. There is almost no contraindications for an implant including lack of bone. If you do not want bone grafts then short implants are available.
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
If you lack teeth: Dental implants replace missing teeth or support/stabilize dentures. If you are missing teeth, them implants are an option.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
Missing tooth: Well if you are missing one of more teeth, you can benefit form a dental implant.
Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 38 years experience
Missing a tooth: If you are missing one or several teeth then you are a candidate for dental implants.
Dr. Evan Wetzler
36 years experience
Missing any teeth?: Dental implants are anchors for replacement teeth, either one to many. Only a dentist can determine if you are a candidate based on your medical history and the amount of jawbone available for proper placement.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Missing teeth?: Dental implants are generally the best way to replace missing adult teeth. In some cases they can also be used to anchor removable dentures for additional support and retention. If you have or will have missing teeth, discuss replacement options with your dentist.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 24 years experience
Implant is the best: The best treatment to replace a missing tooth is dental mplant. Implant is the best regarding longevity, comfort, function, and esthetics. So if you lost a tooth, you are a candidate for dental implant.
Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 26 years experience
See your dentist: Whether or not you need an implant is subjective, and is determined by your priorities. If you are missing a tooth/teeth and want a fixed permanent replacement that is not supported by other teeth, you need implants. If you want support and retention under dentures, you need implants. The only way to know is to visit your dentist for a consult and discuss it with him/her.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic 36 years experience
Missing tooth?: If there is a missing tooth you may well be a candidate. I recommend your seeing your dentist if you in fact do have a missing tooth or more. Your dentist can explain to you your options, including that of the dental implant.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
Missing tooth: If you are missing one or more teeth, you may need a dental implant(s). Missing teeth can allow other teeth to shift or weaken because the force of chewing is now divided over less teeth. You need proper chewing for proper digestion.
Dr. Andres Carbunaru
Dentistry - Prosthodontics 25 years experience
Go to a prosthodonti: Every missing tooth can be replace by an implant. That does mean is always the best option, we need to evaluate every case individually. But is implnt is a option, i bealive it is always the right one in long term.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
See Prosthodontist: See the local prosthodontist. They are specialists in this type of treatment.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics 20 years experience
Needs vs. Wants: Dental implants are not mandatory treatment for replacement of missing teeth. First off, whether or not you need a dental implant may have to do with which tooth is missing. If it's a very back tooth, and nothing is above (or below) it, then you probably don't need an implant. However, one must consider their personal expectation for treatment, financial investment, and time in order to decide.
Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic 44 years experience
When 2th is missing!: When an implant? If you are missing a tooth. The simplest answer is that no dentist in 2014 would currently grind down their own teeth to have a bridge replace a missing tooth. Yes an implant may cost more today, but when one side of your bridge loosens ; a tooth rots out you will need another bridge and so on. Missing a tooth, get an implant and save $$$$ over a lifetime!
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Replace lost tooth: You would consider a dental implant if for some reason you needed a tooth replaced. A dental implant is tooth's root replacement. A single implant can replace one tooth and multiple implants can be used to anchor several missing teeth or even help to support a denture. Ask your dentist if you indeed need an implant. While a great treatment, sometimes saving ones own tooth is a more logical choice!

Similar questions

A 47-year-old member asked:

Can I have some tips needed on dental implant crowns?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Tips on implants: Have the best surgeon and restorative dentist you can find diagnose and plan the case. Don't be impatient, this is generally a long process but well worth the money and the time invested. Don't look for bargains or immediate results.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what happens while getting a dental implant?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wayne ORoark
Dentistry 58 years experience
Replace tooth root: If it is a healed site, under local anesthesia, with no pain, an opening in the jaw is established with a series of drills. The root replacement (implant) is screwed into the jaw. This provides the support for a new tooth. The techniques are efficient, pain free (during and after) there will be minimal soreness and bleeding, back to work in the afternoon following a morning insertion.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you give me suggestions needed on dental implant crowns?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 24 years experience
Occlusion: An implant crown or a regular crown requires good occlusion to last a life time. It must have interproximal contact on both sides, proper occlusal contacts with the opposing arch, and proper marginal adaptation to the implant abutment (no open margin). Check with your dentist for various material of the abutment and crown to ensure biocompatibility of the material used.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do you need any antibiotics after a dental implant?

17 doctor answers28 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sharon Perelman
30 years experience
Implant: It is common for the surgeon to prescribe a course of antibiotics after implant placement
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what happens during dental implant surgery?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Calvert
Dentistry 37 years experience
Summary here.: When a dental implant is placed, the area is numbed and possible IV sedation used. At the implant site, the gums are laid back, exposing the bone, allowing a cylindrical slot to be placed in the bone. The titanium implant is placed and the gums sutured closed over the site. There are other procedures that sometimes may be done at the same time or before such as bone augmentation. Ask your dentist.

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