If you are missing one tooth or more, then it is best to replace it with an orthodontic so that the space doesn't result in further dental problems. However, if you have damaged teeth, then you may be better off with a second opinion before getting an implant. A second opinion may benefit you in several ways, for example:
Alternative Treatments May Work
According to WebMD, some damaged teeth may be treated and saved. For example, if your tooth is loose due to gum disease, then your dentist can treat the disease and save your teeth. For example, gum surgery such as gum tissue or bone graft (after deep cleaning) may help to stabilize the existing natural teeth.
Another example is when a physical trauma knocks out one of your teeth; you don't have to settle for a dental implant if you act fast. You can re-implant it after cleaning it and rinsing your mouth with warm water, or store it in whole milk and see an emergency dentist to reattach it. Never handle such a tooth by its root. Always restrict your touch to the crown.
You Save on Dental Implant Cost
If you don't have to replace your missing teeth, you get to save on the implant costs, which can be a bit pricey. According to health.costhelper.com, this cost ranges from $2,400-$3,000 for conventional implants, but it rises significantly if some forms of pretreatment (such as bone grafts) are needed.
Of course, you will only realize these savings if the alternative treatment is cheaper than the implant cost. For example, re-implanting a knocked out tooth is cheaper than waiting to replace it with an artificial one.
You May Get To Keep Your Natural Teeth
Lastly, there is always a chance that you will save your natural teeth, which is always better than orthodontics. Don't get this wrong; dental implants are great, some of them look very natural, and they are strong. However, you will still agree that the prospect of living with your natural teeth is more alluring than having dental implants, even if the latter look very natural.
Despite all these benefits, there are still situations in which getting a dental implant is the only way to go. For example, your teeth may be damaged to such an extent that the only recourse is to remove it and replace it with a dental implant. Thus, after getting a second opinion confirming your need for an implant, you shouldn't delay the treatment any longer. If you delay, then you are likely to require extensive pretreatment.