More than 50 percent of U.S. adults are missing at least one tooth. For those who want a more permanent solution than dentures, bridges and implants are attractive replacement options. Here are just a few of the reasons patients prefer them.
Screwed directly into the jawbone by a cosmetic dentist, implants are titanium
posts that act as artificial tooth roots. A prosthetic tooth or crown can then
be attached to the implant for a comfortable, secure fit. Implants, made to
last for the life of the patient, are a durable, nearly worry-free replacement
option. With a completely natural look and feel, most folks never know the
wearer even has them. Implants also help prevent bone loss and will not affect
neighboring teeth, which cannot be said about bridges.
When a patient is missing a tooth in between two healthy teeth, his/her
cosmetic dentist might recommend a dental bridge. The device is essentially a
frame that is cemented to the natural teeth and has an artificial tooth in the
middle to replace the missing one. Often more affordable than dental implants,
bridges help patients chew and speak normally. But because neighboring teeth
must anchor the device in place, they must be filed or ground down a bit for a
Which Is Better?
Although both have their pros and cons, implants are probably the safer option.
This is due to the fact that they do not require any work to be done on
adjacent teeth. It is also important to note that adding a bridge makes it more
difficult to clean the affected area, which increases the risk of tooth decay.
The lifespan of a dental bridge may also be a bit shorter than that of a dental
Patients should consult their cosmetic dentist for more information about
dental implants and bridges.