Is a bridge or an implant a better option to replace my tooth?
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, you may be considering several options for tooth replacement. Below we have outlined some of the pros and cons of dental implants and dental bridges. We invite you to read this information, and feel free to contact our dental office to learn more about your options for dental bridges and dental implants in Palm Desert, California. Our talented dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, is committed to helping you restore your smile.
The Superiority of Anterior Single Tooth Replacement
Consequences of a Tooth-Supported Bridge
- Bone collapses/caves in behind the false tooth since the root is not replaced
- Requires grinding down adjacent teeth, permanently destroying tooth structure
- Long-term aesthetics compromised due to bone collapse – defect is visible
- Can be difficult to clean
- As cement washes out, the peg teeth under bridge can decay
Long-Term Benefits of an Implant Approach
- Replaces the tooth root, which preserves bone
- Does not require grinding down adjacent teeth
- Prevents bone collapse, providing better long-term aesthetics
- Cleaned like a natural tooth – more hygienic
- Looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth – but does not decay