Implants vs Bridges
Which is better?
If you have missing teeth, your dentist may recommend having them replaced with artificial teeth so as to avoid further problems caused by the absence of teeth. There are 2 ways of having this done, with implants or bridges. So which is better?
Requires the presence of firm strong teeth at each end of the missing teeth to fix the bridge.
Requires the removal of the outer shell of these supporting teeth at either end to fit the bridge. This can result in these teeth requiring additional root canal treatment.
Removal of the outer shell of the supporting teeth at either end renders them prone to decay at their margins.
The supporting teeth have to be kept clean and maintained well for long term success.
Upfront cost is less as no surgery is necessary.
Useful in situations where implants cannot be done.
Bone continues to shrink and be lost at the missing teeth areas replaced by bridges.
Secured into bone and do not require the presence of natural teeth for support. Full mouth reconstruction is possible without any existing natural teeth.
Do not require adjacent natural teeth to undergo any additional treatment.
Adjacent natural teeth are not disturbed in any way and are not rendered more prone to decay.
Implants also need to be kept clean and maintained well for long term success.
Upfront cost is more as surgery is necessary to place implants into bone.
Requires good bed of bone for implantation. Sometimes, bone grafting is necessary.
Bone is preserved around areas where implants are present.
Speak to your dentist and they will advise you on the suitability and pros/ cons for your teeth replacement.