What Is a Better Solution for Lost Teeth: Dental Implants or a Bridge?

Before deciding between a dental implant and a cemented bridge, you need to look at the cause of tooth loss and the overall condition of the rest of the mouth.

A bridge is usually recommended when the neighbouring teeth are already filed and the patient’s oral care and cavity control are excellent. However, dental bridge has a fake tooth in the middle, called pontic that slightly rests on the gums. In such a case it might be difficult to recreate a natural looking tooth. Such reconstruction is recommended for the replacement of mandibular posterior teeth where aesthetics is of secondary importance. Another thing you need to remember about is that patients with cemented bridges are slightly more at risk of getting cavity because the gums near the bridge might be difficult to clean. Flossing between gums and bridge is a must then. A bridge will last 8-10 years on the average. The biggest drawback seems to be the bone loss which gradually happens when the bone is no longer in function.

On the other hand, dental implants may turn out more economical than bridges. They have a high success rate, preserve bone and last for up to 20 years or even a lifetime. If you are at risk of cavity or just missing one tooth, they are a much better option. Also, if your adjacent teeth are strong and healthy, there is no need to file them down to make a bridge. In terms of bone stimulation, no bridge can compare to them.

The decision should be well-thought-out and consulted with your dentist. Consider that placing a bridge is a non-invasive procedure, though it would have to be repeated every 10 years, while placing dental implant is a surgical procedure, a solution once implemented which can last you much longer.

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