If you’ve lost one or more teeth, it’s important to replace them. And dental implants are the best replacement option available to ensure the proper function of your teeth. But if you lost your teeth, maybe your current dentist isn’t the right choice for replacing that tooth.
To be fair, there are many complicated circumstances that may have led to the loss of your tooth. And it may not be your current dentist’s fault at all. But there are some factors to consider when deciding on the best dentist for your dental implants.
Did Your Dentist Ignore You?
One of the most frustrating experiences many of us have in working with doctors and dentists is when they just won’t listen to us. Did you see the warning signs that the tooth might be at risk (pain, sensitivity, looseness), but your dentist wasn’t checking them out, or kept telling you it was fine? Then that’s probably not a dentist you want to keep working with.
The success of any dental procedure depends on good communication between you and your dentist. So if your don’t feel like there’s good communication between you and your current dentist, it might be time to get a new dentist.
Did Old Restorations Fail?
Dental implants are a significant investment, so you want them to last a long time. And they can. But their odds of success can be influenced by the expertise of your dentist. And if your current dentist doesn’t have a good track record for long-lasting restorations, maybe they’re not the best choice.
Talk to prospective dentists about the success and longevity of their work. You want to find a dentist who knows how to make quality restorations that can hold up for extended periods.
Did Bite Problems Contribute to Tooth Loss?
Some dentists are so focused on teeth that they aren’t able to successfully manage your bite. Having an imbalanced bite can cause teeth to wear down, break, or develop cavities along the gumline. You might also notice symptoms like jaw pain and headaches.
Dental implants depend even more on a healthy, balanced bite than your natural teeth do. Without the flexibility of the tooth and your body’s ability to signal you about excessive bite force, dental implants are vulnerable to imbalanced bite. In rare cases, they may break, but more often the bone around the implant may be damaged. You want to work with a dentist who is able to manage your bite to ensure dental implants aren’t subjected to potentially damaging forces.
Find the Best Dentist for Your Dental Implant Procedure
If you’ve lost one or more teeth and you think that your current dentist may be partly responsible, then you need to find a new partner to work with for your replacement teeth.