Should I get an implant or a bridge to replace my tooth?
Both Bridges and crowns are appropriate, long-term solutions for missing teeth. The advantage of a bridge is that it can be finished almost immediately. But that is about where the advantages end in most cases. For the vast majority of cases the Implant solution is the clear winner. And here is why:
- Implants stand alone. They don’t affect the teeth surrounding them negatively. A bridge requires shaving down and crowning of the teeth on either side of a space. If one part of a bridge fails, it ALL must be replaced. An implant problem stays with the implant.
- Implants Floss and brush like a tooth. Bridges need to have floss threaded under them for cleaning. Failing to do this results in decay; the number one reason for bridge loss.
- Longevity. Average bridge life span is 7-10 yrs. An implant is much longer. Possibly life.
- Implants Support Bone. The moment you lose a tooth the jaw bone around that site starts deteriorating losing 8-10% a year. An implant placed in the site reduces that amount to almost zero, preserving a healthy, strong jaw.