Analyzing the two options as solutions to replace a missing tooth is a not an apple to apple comparison. Dental bridges can only be considered when there is no sufficient jawbone to support an implant and in cases when patients do not want to undergo bone graft to supply necessary bones to place an implant.
- A Dental bridge is not a permanent solution to missing tooth, rather it's a temporary alternative to preserve the natural look for a maximum of 10 years. Unfortunately the damages that a bridge does to adjacent teeth is irreversible. The two supporting teeth needs be cut and covered with crowns that are attached to the middle crown that fills the gap for the missing tooth.
- The crowns increase the risk of gum recession; if crown do not have enough margins soon bacteria will start growing under the healthy teeth and causes decays. This will ultimately results in cavities and root canals which would require the crown and the bridge to be dismantled and placed again.
- In some cases the supporting teeth will become loose and cannot support the bridge. In these cases, a bigger bridge needs to be built and more teeth to be cut to support the new bridge. In some other cases the bridge itself may fracture or cause tooth to break.
The greatest advantage of dental Implants is that they function independent of their surrounding teeth. They not only preserve the natural look of your smile but also your healthy gum and jaw tissues. Therefore, dental Implants are far superior to Dental bridges in regards to their functionality and appearance. While the price of a dental implants may be slightly more than a dental bridge, the cumulative long term costs of implants is far less than bridges.
The advantages of dental implant and its overall low costs of maintenance make it a very viable options for replacing missing tooth.