Bridges vs. Dental Implants

For many years,teeth have been replaced using both methods and each has its own advantages.  The best bridges are those that are cemented in — called “fixed bridges”. They require support from, and the crowning of, teeth on either side of the missing tooth and they do require a little more effort when it comes to flossing under them.(You DO floss everyday, right?)

Fixed bridges work great if those supporting teeth also happen to need crowns, but if the teeth are sound, it is better to place a dental implant in the extraction site and a single crown on top of it. That way, you can brush and floss normally between the teeth.

Even though it entails more time, cost and effort, the implant way is generally best since it should serve you a lifetime. In fact, dental implants have a 90%+ long term success rate and that’s good in anybody’s book!

If you or someone you know is considering these options, call to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your options.

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