Frequently patients come asking for an implant. The need for it vary, it can be a missing tooth or a failing root canal treatment. Dental implants are a good solution for failing or missing teeth but many times there are other options as well. It is important to consider all the available solutions to treat or replace an ailing or missing tooth before the decision is taken.
In order to assess what are the possible solutions for a missing tooth, we need to assess the condition of adjacent and opposing teeth and they way they come together. If the adjacent teeth are sound and do not require any treatment, then an implant usually, will be a good solution. But if the adjacent teeth have large fillings, fractures or wear they may need coverage, making a three unit bridge a better solution for the missing tooth.
On the other hand if the tooth in question is present, we need to assess it, to see if it is possible to treat it and restore it to function. For broken down teeth, treatment frequently is cheaper and better than having them removed. There are many studies that have compared the survival of teeth and implant and found them to be comparable.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Kaufman or call Tooronga Family Dentistry, phone number 98227006, for further details or make an appointment to examine the condition of the teeth and see which solutions are available for you.