Dental Bridges are not the standard of care anymore. For most people who have missing teeth, implants are the treatment of choice.
The advantages of dental implants are immeasurable; Implants do not decay, and adjacent healthy teeth do not need to be grown down to support the crowns necessary to replace one or more missing teeth with a bridge. Because it is easy to clean and floss between implants, the gum tissue and underlying bone are more likely to remain healthy.
Disadvantage of dental bridges. With a bridge, if one of the supporting crowned teeth breaks or develops decay or nerve damage, the bridge and its three or more crowns must be removed and replaced.
Implants can replace individual lost teeth or many teeth in a row. For those who have lost most of their teeth, implants can be used to anchor a full or partial denture. Dental implants are routine. over 500,000 implants are placed each year in the US.
On average, the total cost of an implant to replace a single tooth is $3,500 to $4,000 slightly more than the cost of a bridge. Dental implants provide a greater return on investment. While bridges have an average life span of 7 years, an implant can last a lifetime.
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