Teeth that are lost because of tooth decay or periodontal disease can be replaced with either a dental implant of bridge.
To replace one tooth with a bridge requires that teeth be shaved down in the front and back of the missing tooth.
A bridge is simply a series of crowns fused together to replace missing teeth.
A single missing tooth requires 3 units of crown and bridge.
Fracture of porcelain on one of the three units necessitates the removal of the entire bridge for repair.
On the other hand in the case of dental implants, one implant replaces the missing tooth.
If the porcelain becomes damaged in this particular case, the problem is isolated to this one specific area.
Bridges out of necessity are monitored for recurrent decay of the abutment or supporting teeth gingival margins.
At the gum line where plaque, tartar and food debris accumulate, is a never ending battle against periodontal disease and tooth decay.
For this reason the longevity of bridges and crowns is approximately ten years.
Patients that keep good oral hygiene may experience longer than normal life spans of their dental appliances.
Dental implants on the other hand are made of titanium placed in the jawbone.
They terminate at the level of the gum line.
Connecting parts from the gum line into the mouth enable crowns to be fabricated on the connectors called abutments.
The abutments are precision made parts that synch ideally with the implant.
Unlike tooth structure the abutments fabricated from porcelain or titanium do not decay.
It is highly recommended routine preventative care becomes a vital part in the process of providing good oral hygiene.
Implant parts will not decay but dental implants are susceptible to periodontal disease that is preventable with proper care.
Where teeth are missing bone is lost, for tooth loss equates with bone loss.
Dental implants are great technology with very high rates of success.
When placed bone levels become stable and are maintained with very minimal loss.
One of the best solutions for stabilizing dentures is the placement of dental implants.
The hardest denture for patients to wear is the the lower, mandibular full denture.
Mandibles are problematic because the tongue can unseat the denture.
It has to be form fitted around the tongue in a horseshoe configuration.
Two to four dental implants can make a world of difference in their stability.
Answer the question of dental implant or bridge with the preceding knowledge to discuss further with your dentist.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
A.L. Clark, D.D.S. http://www.dentist4you.biz