Single tooth implants are very successful and provide a much better alternative to a fixed 3 unit bridge where teeth on either side of the tooth space are ground down to support an overlying cemented bridge. In some cases if the abutment tooth requires a crown due to the presence of a root canal or missing tooth structure, a conventional fixed bridge can serve the two purposes in protecting the broken down tooth and closing the space. Generally if all else is healthy, a dental implant is a better alternative.
In cases of multiple missing teeth, there are times when the space is too large for a fixed cemented dental bridge because the supporting teeth would be overloaded and fail. Yet the patient does not want any removable partial dentures. Multiple implants placed at strategic areas in the mouth can be made to support an overlying fixed bridge. It is permanent and feels natural and is a great alternative to a removable bridge.
Patients that have lower full dentures which are unstable and move around when talking and eating can now secure them with 2 or 4 locator implants. These implants are used to support the overlying denture so that it does not move nor contact the gum tissue. It is secure and allows you to bite into anything you did with natural teeth. Call us for a consultation learn about the dental implants procedure!
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they protect the other teeth. In the case of a dental bridge, the natural teeth have to perform the function of support. The implant is not putting any strain on other teeth.
Another great advantage of implants is that they can be used to replace more than one missing natural tooth. In the case of a bridge, a dentist will need healthy adjacent teeth for support. Various combinations are possible in the case of implants. The dentist can replace a single missing tooth or a denture.
Implants require little maintenance. This is one of the biggest differences between this option and dental bridges. High quality implants can last a lifetime. Dental crowns and bridges will have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.
If you are considering implants, you should take in consideration another important advantage – implants are easier to maintain. The cleaning process is very simple and flossing between implants is possible. In addition, implants look more natural and facilitate chewing, since the dental bridge may slip.