As much as the dental profession focuses on saving patients natural teeth, there are times when it is not possible and a tooth has to be removed. In the past the dentist had two options when it came to replacing the missing tooth or teeth; a full or partial denture or a bridge. In the last 35 or 40 years dentists have had a third option at their disposal; dental implants. With dental implants becoming a readily available option the majority of patients who desire a permanent solution are torn between a bridge and an implant. Stable restorations mean that teeth in close proximity will not shift position; they look better and act better.
Dental implants or bridges – which are right for you?
For a bridge to be successful there must be sound, healthy teeth on either side to act as support. A well made bridge can look very natural and it is a viable solution that is offered by Hills Dental Care. In the past a bridge was quite noticeable as it was made from gold, today bridges are almost all made from all ceramic materials. The benefits of a bridge are:
- They can be made quickly
- Cost effective solution
There are however, certain disadvantages:
- Shorter life expectancy than implants
- The need to prepare support teeth which can weaken them
Dental implants are the standard when one tooth is lost. The beauty of an implant is the fact that is mimics a natural tooth. The implant acts as the root and once the implant has fused properly with the jaw bone, a crown is placed on top. The implant looks and functions identical to a natural tooth. The benefits of dental implants include:
- Long life span, often the life of the patient
- No interference with adjoining teeth
- Can be cared for just like natural teeth
Although dental implants cost a little more than a bridge and the process takes several months there is little doubt what the answer will be when you ask; Dental Implants or Bridges – Which is Right For You?