In the past, a traditionally fixed bridge was considered the best dental replacement option for single missing teeth. In this type of restoration, three false teeth are attached together with the middle tooth bridging the gap. The technique was successful but had many limitations compared with dental implants.
When teeth are missing, due to lack of chewing pressure to stimulate the bone growth, the bone starts shirking and continues until a dental implant is placed. If left too long, bone grafting is needed. The loss of support for facial structure causes facial sagging and premature aging. Dental implants integrate into the structure of the bone and prevent bone loss.
With dental implants there is no need for any alteration to the healthy adjacent teeth as would happen with a bridge. Your healthy teeth are left untouched.
With bridges, the existence of healthy adjacent teeth on the side of the missing teeth is crucial. If you are missing many teeth, the bridge is not an option as there are no anchor teeth. In this case, dental implants are the best choice as they can act as the root of your normal tooth and support a bridge or denture. With the use of a few dental implants a full bridge reconstruction can be achieved.
Dental implants are fixed in the bone, giving you the freedom and confidence to eat and speak without the embarrassment of clicking sounds or loose dentures popping out.
Gums around the bridge can recede, exposing the metal base of the crown. The deteriorated bone under the bridge and the recessed gums can leave patients with an unattractive smile. Dental implants will look like your own natural teeth and no one would ever know you have a dental implant. They have improved cosmetic results.
With a fixed bridge, cleaning is not as easy since three teeth are connected together. There is high risk of developing decays, which in some cases leads to the replacement of the bridge. However, a dental implant, like your natural teeth, just needs regular brushing, flossing and dental hygienist visits. Because they are made of titanium, they are not prone to decays.
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