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The pros and cons of dental implants vs dental bridges to ‘fill in’ gaps in your smile.
Dental implants are simply a relatively comfortable procedure (no matter what you have heard) where an oral surgeon will precisely add a metal implant as a base to rebuild a missing tooth. Once the implant is considered ready, the dentist then builds a tooth, usually of ceramics, so that your smile and bite are as good as new!
This procedure has been used since for decades and have greatly improved. In fact, dental implants although more costly that dental bridges are fast becoming the option of choice for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Let’s look at the pros and cons of implants.
Pros of a dental implant:
Dental implants most closely resemble the original tooth as the root is replaced with a titanium standalone post.
Dental implants should last much longer that a bridge and,
Dental implants unlike bridges, do not affect other teeth.
Flossing for dental implants is the same as natural teeth.
Cons of a dental implant:
Dental implants cost more that the bridge option – usually 25% or more. (Of course this investment can pay for itself as implants should last much longer than bridges.)
Dental implant is surgery and can take much longer than bridges. (Hence the cost!)
Dental implants require healthy bone and gum tissue.
An often under looked advantage to implants is their ability to provide an anchor for dental work later in life. If surrounding teeth need to be replaced, an implant can be utilized as an anchor. Multiple missing teeth can be bridged across strong implants. Additionally, implants can provide a good place to snap in later dentures and partials.
There are your options for missing teeth – bridge or implant. We hope this article and the previous article on bridges will provide helpful information when you have a decision to make.
And of course we always recommend you call Dr. Abeyta with any questions at (505) 293-7611.