I need a third opinion. I have three teeth that need dental implants up front, then another tooth in the back. I went to comfort dental and they suggested mini implants up front, to save me a lot of money and a partial denture in the back. They told me they’d last ten years. I went to get a second opinion and he strongly disagreed. He said I needed traditional implants up front and a bridge in the back. He said the adjacent teeth to the back tooth needed crowns anyway, so a bridge makes more sense. So, which procedure should I do? Comfort Dental’s plan saves me tons of money, so I’d really need a good reason to spend so much more money.
Charles M. – Washington
I understand why you’d want a reason to spend more money. I can give you one, too. Mini implants are not used to support a crown. They’re mainly used to stabilize a denture. Saying they’d last ten years is way too optimistic. But, let’s dream and say they do. Then what? You won’t have enough bone structure to place new ones. You’d have to have bone grafting done and then get new implants placed. Why not do it right the first time? Otherwise, your “affordable dental implants” aren’t so affordable.
As for the bridge, I agree with that as well. If the adjacent teeth need crowns, a bridge is your most logical option.
Comfort Dental is a cooperation. They mostly recruit new dentists fresh out of dental school. They often use this type of employment to practice and gain experience before they go into private practice. That is something else to consider.
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