Tooth loss due to various reasons will require tooth replacement in most cases. Two of the main options for replacing a lost tooth/teeth are: a dental implant and a dental bridge. Implants have many advantages over bridges and here are three of those advantages:
1) Preserves Surrounding Teeth- Bridges require the use and support of surrounding, perfectly normal teeth. Implants, however, are independent from your other natural teeth and they are placed into your jaw bone for support instead.
2) More Durable- The longevity of dental implants is quite remarkable! If implants are taken care of, they can last up to 45 years or longer. The crown on the implant may need to be replaced every 10-15 years, from normal wear. Bridges, on the other hand, only last on average from 5-7 years. With good dental hygiene, bridges can last up to 10 years.
3) Better Function and Easier Maintenance- Implants function like natural teeth since they are placed into your jaw bone and not affecting your other teeth. With bridges, extra pressure is placed on your surrounding teeth which can cause other complications. Implants can be maintained similarly to your natural teeth. You can floss and brush your implants just like you do with your natural teeth. With bridges, food debris can get caught under them more easily and it is more difficult to floss under them as opposed to implants.
Are you faced with the decision to get an implant or a bridge? Call your dentist today to schedule an implant vs. bridge consultation. Your dentist will be happy to discuss your dental questions and concerns.
Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
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