Dental implants are the longest lasting and best option to replace missing teeth. Although some dentists still place bridges for missing teeth, it is not the best care available. Some dentists are not comfortable with the technology of implants, even though a dental bridge is usually not the best treatment.
Bridges compromise teeth that may otherwise not need treatment. A bridge severely cuts down healthy teeth to anchor the missing tooth/teeth. This creates a compromised situation for the cut-down teeth, as the long-term survival is less than 50%. Many anchoring teeth end up needing a root canal after being compromised. The anchored teeth are also harder to clean after a bridge. Flossing and brushing the margin and actual tooth is now more challenging, leading to unwanted decay. The decay can cause the entire bridge needing to be replaced, and many times more anchor teeth need to be cut down to create an even larger bridge to help support the missing teeth. A larger multi-tooth bridge is now necessary when the original problem was a single missing tooth. Dental implants never need a root canal. An anchor tooth can also become fractured, then need an extraction, creating a larger problem. In conclusion, if a bridge fails, patients face a larger more complicated multi-tooth problem. Our dental implants may be the right choice for you.
Now, let’s explore an implant. A dental implant is the best option because it allows replacing a single missing tooth with a single dental implant. Healthy teeth are not compromised.
- Implants don’t damage adjacent teeth
- A dental implant is the longest lasting replacement option
- Failure of an implant does not involve multiple anchoring teeth
- An implant tooth does not decay
- An implant preserves the bone level by stimulating bone and gum tissue
Dental bridges are outdated, and dental implants are the ultimate way to replace missing teeth. In the past, a bridge was the best option. However, the negatives outweigh the positives. Since a dental implant is comparable to the cost of a bridge, the long-term benefits make a dental implant a natural choice.