Let’s look at two of the options you can consider when you need to replace a missing tooth. You can choose bridgework, or select dental implants. Both offer a solution that’s reliable and functional. However, there are a few important differences between the two.
A fixed bridge is held in place by the adjacent natural teeth. With this conventional method, the two healthy neighbouring teeth have to be ground down in order to fix the bridge in place. This results in a loss of natural healthy tooth surface. Not to mention, the bridge does not transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone, so bone deterioration may also occur.
A dental implant can be used as a single or multi tooth replacement. The dental implant replaces the root of the original tooth, while the healthy neighbouring teeth remain intact without having to be ground down. The dental implant is simply an artificial root, which on healing, merges with the body and acts likes a natural one meaning there is no bone deterioration. Implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone. This is not the case if teeth are missing, or when a conventional bridge has been put in place. If chewing forces cease, the bone may slowly recede and the shape of the face may change over time.
Functionality and visual appearance go together. An implant-borne restoration looks like a natural tooth – there is no visible difference, and no special care required.
With a conventional bridge, the healthy neighbouring teeth to the right and left of the missing tooth have to be ground down to support the bridge. When using an implant to close the gap, the neighbouring teeth are not affected and the natural tooth surface remains intact.
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