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implant or bridge

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Posted by: mary1964  (5 years ago)
Upper left molar (second to last) needs to be pulled. The back molar needs a crown and the one in front of the tooth to be pulled has a large filling. Given the shape of these two teeth and the likelihood that they will both need to be capped soon, my dentist is recommending a bridge rather than an implant. He said that he usually suggests implants but that it does not make sense in this case. All the internet sites say go for the implant. Any thoughts?
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Upper left molar (second to last) needs to be pulled. The back molar needs a crown and the one in front of the tooth to be pulled has a large filling. Given the shape of these two teeth and the likelihood that they will both need to be capped soon, my dentist is recommending a bridge rather than an implant. He said that he usually suggests implants but that it does not make sense in this case. All the internet sites say go for the implant. Any thoughts?

Every case is different, so to make the right diagnose it's really important for us to see your panoramic x-ray. You can upload it here, if you like.

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Posted by: mary1964  (5 years ago)
I don't have the x-ray.
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Upper left molar (second to last) needs to be pulled. The back molar needs a crown and the one in front of the tooth to be pulled has a large filling. Given the shape of these two teeth and the likelihood that they will both need to be capped soon, my dentist is recommending a bridge rather than an implant. He said that he usually suggests implants but that it does not make sense in this case. All the internet sites say go for the implant. Any thoughts?

You could go either way. My personal bias is an implant, as it is easier to clean around than a bridge. Also bridges have very high failure rates compared to other dental procedures.

If you choose a bridge, the ideal would be partial gold abuttment crowns on either of the adjacent teeth. This requires a whole lot less cutting of the teeth, but very few dentists know how to do these anymore.
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Posted by: jennifers12  (5 years ago)
Hi,

Implants are a better treatment option and long lasting choice, if you are a good candidate and you get a specialist to do the procedure. I think the cost for dental implant is actually not that much higher than a bridge.

http://www.dentalboutique.com.au/dental-implants/
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Hi,

Implants are a better treatment option and long lasting choice, if you are a good candidate and you get a specialist to do the procedure. I think the cost for dental implant is actually not that much higher than a bridge.

http://www.dentalboutique.com.au/dental-implants/


Cost of implant is still higher, especially if a graft needs to be done. It is not important that a specialist do the procedure unless it is a difficult implant as far as bone placement.
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