The dental implant is often preferred over the dental bridge for replacing a missing tooth or two, as far as most dentists are concerned. Even though this is becoming the norm, there are still situations in which a bridge would be the better choice. Dental implants have a very high record of success, but not under all circumstances.
The Cost Factor
Dental implants are very expensive. Over the long haul, they are worth the investment. For many people, however, the cost of dental implants is prohibitive. Dental bridges, on the other hand, are comparatively more affordable. While the aesthetics of the implant may be better, dental bridges still do a very good job of replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are invasive, requiring some oral surgery to place the implant. Some health conditions make it advisable to choose an alternate method of replacing missing teeth. The dental bridge is a very suitable alternative, when the patient desires to have a fixed appliance rather than a removable partial denture. Severe osteoporosis is an example of a health condition that would prevent a recommendation for dental implant. Periodontal disease is another.
A Dental Bridge May Be Preferable Due to Genetics
Not everyone has biology that is compatible with all that is required for dental implants. Individuals whose genetics play a part in their thin gums and bone will not be good candidates for implants, but they would still be able to wear a dental bridge.
Missing teeth should be replaced. How they are replaced depends on many factors. At Waller Dental, we will work with you to determine the best solution for your missing teeth. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.