Do you have a missing tooth? Are you considering the different types of restorative dentistry? Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?
If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is essential to look at the differences between a dental bridge and a dental implant.
Dental bridges are not a permanent solution but have worked to replace teeth for generations of Anchorage dental patients. Here is why we recommend dental implants:
- They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem – the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
- It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
- A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.
What’s the Advantage of a Dental Implant over a Bridge?
- It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
- It is usually stronger.
- Will curtail the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
- It is usually not as difficult to clean as a dental bridge – lower risk of decay.
- They commonly last longer.
- Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.