48 doctors weighed in:
How do I tell if I need a dental implant?
48 doctors weighed in

Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry
19 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Matt Fulmer
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Dr. Gary Herskovits
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.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
4 doctors agree
In brief: Missing tooth
Well if you are missing one of more teeth, you can benefit form a dental implant.

In brief: Missing tooth
Well if you are missing one of more teeth, you can benefit form a dental implant.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If: 1. You have a missing tooth, or 2.
You want to better support your denture/ partial.

In brief: Depends
If: 1. You have a missing tooth, or 2.
You want to better support your denture/ partial.
Dr. Anthony Silvestro
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Gary Sandler
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Dr. William Dapper
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Replacement of teeth
Wherever there are missing teeth there is possibility that you may be a candidate for dental implants.

In brief: Replacement of teeth
Wherever there are missing teeth there is possibility that you may be a candidate for dental implants.
Dr. William Dapper
Dr. William Dapper
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Cosmetic effect:
If you feel that other types of dental work are unsatisfactory, you might be an implant candidate.

In brief: Cosmetic effect:
If you feel that other types of dental work are unsatisfactory, you might be an implant candidate.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Evan Wetzler
Dentistry - Periodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Evan Wetzler
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Dr. Scott Frank
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: Missing tooth or tee
Generally, if you are missing a tooth or several teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants.

In brief: Missing tooth or tee
Generally, if you are missing a tooth or several teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants.
Dr. Scott Frank
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Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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. Don Millner
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Dinh Bui
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Dr. Brian Dorfman
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Brian Dorfman
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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Gabriel Malouf
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Dr. Ahmad Eslami
Dentistry - Periodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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. Ahmad Eslami
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Kevin Owoc
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: See Prosthodontist
See the local prosthodontist.
They are specialists in this type of treatment.

In brief: See Prosthodontist
See the local prosthodontist.
They are specialists in this type of treatment.
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Andres Carbunaru
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Andres Carbunaru
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Gregory LaMorte
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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Mark Venincasa
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Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Brett Noorda
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Dr. James Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: Missing a tooth
If you are missing one or several teeth then you are a candidate for dental implants.

In brief: Missing a tooth
If you are missing one or several teeth then you are a candidate for dental implants.
Dr. James Vito
Dr. James Vito
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Dr. Lance Timmerman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: If you lack teeth
Dental implants replace missing teeth or support/stabilize dentures.
If you are missing teeth, them implants are an option.

In brief: If you lack teeth
Dental implants replace missing teeth or support/stabilize dentures.
If you are missing teeth, them implants are an option.
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Dr. Lance Timmerman
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Dr. Brian Dorfman
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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
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