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Dental implants or bridges – which are right for you?

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:

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?

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