• 15 July 2017

Should I get a bridge or an implant in order to replace only one missing tooth?

Should I get a bridge or an implant in order to replace only one missing tooth

After considering the pros and cons, now that you have finally decided to go for a tooth replacement, a second issue arises, you need to determine whether you should go for a fixed dental bridge or an implant to replace the missing tooth.

One of the older fashioned ways of replacing a missing tooth is to do a dental bridge, whilst dental implant is the relatively newer technology. If you’re uncertain whether a dental bridge or an implant is the right treatment option for you, read on as we discuss the pros and cons for both types of procedure.

Dental bridge: A fixed dental bridge attaches to the teeth on either side of your gap (abutment teeth), or on one side of the gap to act as an anchor on the missing tooth. The enamel layer of the teeth on either side is stripped back and replaced by crowns, onto which the false tooth is attached.

Here are some of the advantages of fitting a dental bridge to fill your missing tooth:

  • Involves no surgery, can be fitted with a straightforward dental procedure
  • Requires approximately two to three visits to your dentist
  • Highly recommended in the event of jaw bone loss or significant damage
  • Minor pain experienced during fitting

The drawbacks of a fixed dental bridge includes

  • Dental crowns and bridges must be replaced every 10 to 15 years
  • If the abutment teeth already have crowns they must be re-crowned prior to the fitting of a dental bridge
  • Tooth decay and gum disease may still occur
  • If nerve endings are affected by tooth loss, root canal treatment may be necessary prior to the fitting of a dental bridge
  • Additional oral hygiene is necessary due to design challenges

Dental implant: A dental implant is regarded as the newest technology of replacing missing teeth. It’s the most effective treatment in terms of appearance and offers a permanent solution. The process involves your dentist replacing just the missing tooth with an implant – often made of titanium – into the bone of your jaw. This acts as an artificial root that can hold a false tooth in place over the top.

The numerous advantages of dental implant surgery include:

  • This process is highly functional and reliable
  • A permanent solution for the problem
  • The treatment does not affect your adjacent teeth in any way
  • A dental implant is less susceptible to decay or gum disease
  • Dentists can make final tooth over an implant look just like your natural enamel
  • More cost-effective in the long term than a dental bridge

The drawbacks of dental implants includes,

  • The process requires more planning and preparation time
  • Requires minor surgery
  • Healing time is necessary after surgery before the permanent tooth replacement is fitted

If you are still dubious about which way to go you can always consult with our expert dentists and then make your decision. Our dentists will help you explain both the procedures and can conduct it meticulously to bring the best result possible.



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