I am exploring my options and considering getting a Clear Choice second opinion. I have 4 lower left teeth missing. Two are side by side. Clear Choice told me that because I only have 4 missing teeth I am not eligible for their regular promotion for something called all on 4. I really didn’t understand that process. Anyway they suggested replacing all of my teeth on the left hand side which sounds strange to me. Is there another option? Should I tell the second opinion dentist about the estimate from Clear Choice? Thanks. L.W.
L.W. – We encourage you to get a second opinion from a skilled implant dentist. There is no problem with letting the dentist know that you’ve been to Clear Choice for an evaluation and estimate.
You wouldn’t qualify for All-On-4 implants, which replace the entire arch of upper or lower teeth. Replacing your four teeth with individual implants is one option. You may also be a candidate for an implant-supported dental bridge which has replacement teeth suspended between the dental implant anchors. Before the exact treatment options can be determined, an examination and diagnostic studies are required. The condition of your surrounding teeth will be assessed.
We can’t speculate as to why Clear Choice recommended replacing all of your lower left teeth with dental implants, but when you receive a second opinion, inquire about the condition of all of your teeth on the left side.
A skilled prosthodontist can replace your teeth with a dental bridge or dental implants and produce results that will look completely natural.
A second, or even a third opinion, is wise to ensure you understand your options and make an informed decision.
This post is sponsored by Naperville American board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.