I have several missing teeth and am starting to look for an implant dentist near me. Do you have any tips?
I am unsure what I would like to get yet since I’ve had different recommendations from a couple dentists. One said that dental implants would work best. Another one told me that an implant-supported bridge would work fine. Then, a third dentist said to get as many dental implants as my budget allows and then do a partial denture for the remaining missing teeth. Honestly, I feel overwhelmed. Do I go with the best price or the best implant dentist?
– Shayna in North Carolina
Trying to find the best implant dentist can be overwhelming, especially when you have received varying recommendations. It sounds like you have several missing teeth. When it comes to dental implants, it is far more important to find a reputable implant dentist who you can trust instead of price shopping. Many dentists offer dental implants, but may not have the extensive training and expertise required for success. There is not a designated specialty area for dental implants in dentistry, so it can be difficult for a patient to navigate finding the best on in their area.
Each dentist’s recommendations may vary not only based on your needs, but on their personal skill level. So, you don’t want to try and talk a dentist into a particular treatment plan. For example, if a dentist is recommending a bridge, you wouldn’t want to talk them into dental implants. It may not be in their strongest skill.
As mentioned above, prices should not be the main factor. Meet with each implant dentist and ask about how many successful cases they’ve had, ask to see examples of their portfolio for cases similar to yours and look at their training and credentials. Of course, your budget will come into play. But, it is definitely in your best interest to find the right implant dentist based on their experience and your level of trust. You should never feel pressured into any type of treatment plan.
Regarding dental implant success rate, if a dentist has a failure rate of more than 3%, than you need to keep looking. There are always factors that play into the success of a case. You also should find out how many dental implants they have placed. For example, if they have a 2% fail rate but place a high volume of implants each year, it may be better than a dentist that has a better success rate and only has done 12 cases over several years.
Hopefully, this will help you continue moving forward in finding the best implant dentist for you. Remember, don’t let cost be the main factor in your decision and also don’t try to talk a dentist into another treatment plan if they don’t have the proven experience in it.