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If you are needing to decide on a tooth replacement option, there are several options available that you could choose. Dental implants are among the most effective solution for tooth replacement treatments, but there are individuals that may not realize the advantages that these implants will have over dental bridges.
Dental Bridges Will Only Rest On Top Of The Gums
A dental bridge will essentially be a type of denture that will only rest on top of the gums. In contrast, dental implants are able to be placed directly into the bones in the jaw. This can make the dental implant a far more stable and durable treatment option for replacing a tooth. However, the need for the bone in the jaw to grow into the implant and fuse with it will make this a tooth replacement option for longer.
The Bridge Placement Will Impact The Neighboring Teeth
Due to the need for the bridge to be anchored to nearby teeth, this will often lead to the neighboring teeth needing to be modified so that a crown can be placed on them. Not surprisingly, it is generally advisable to avoid modifying healthy teeth unless it is absolutely necessary as this could lead to a potential for further problems in the future. An example of this could be one of the anchor crowns failing and needing to be replaced. In contrast, a dental implant will have no negative impact on the neighboring teeth. Patients may even find that the dental implant can help to benefit the neighboring teeth by reducing the tendency of the jaw bone to weaken in response to a missing tooth.
A Dental Bridge May Not Look As Natural As Dental Implants
The look of the replacement tooth is another important consideration when you are evaluating your options for treating this problem. Not surprisingly, individuals want their tooth replacements to look as natural as possible. Unfortunately, a dental bridge will often look far less natural and be a more noticeable addition to a patient's mouth than dental implants. One of the reasons for this may be the artificial gum that is used as the base of the bridge. Slight color differences between this part of the bridge and your natural gums may make the bridge more noticeable when you are smiling or talking. This can be particularly important for cosmetically important teeth as these can be extremely visible to others. Dental implants will generally be indistinguishable from the natural teeth in your mouth, which can make them an effective and discrete solution.
Contact a local dentist to discuss implants.