Why should I get an implant instead of a bridge to replace my missing tooth?
The use of a dental bridge to replace a broken, missing, or decayed tooth used to be the standard of care in nearly all dental practices–but this was before the days of implants. An implant is a device, usually a titanium screw, that is meant to mimic the root of a tooth that will later be used to support a crown to replace the lost or damaged tooth. The titanium screw is able to form a strong bond with the bone in your jaw, so unlike a bridge, your implant will not require surrounding teeth for support. Something important to consider is the fact that a bridge is often difficult to clean. Maintaining your oral health is important in the successes of both of these treatment options, but because it looks and acts like a real tooth, it is much easier to take care of an implant. Though implants will not decay like a bridge or a normal tooth, it is still possible for the surrounding tissue to experience symptoms of periodontal disease–inflammation in the gums, plaque, and tartar are some of the most common. Overall, choosing to become the recipient of an implant over a bridge acts as a sign of your commitment to doing the best for your smile.
Dr. Carter is an accredited member of the American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry. Call the office today to make your appointment for an implant consultation!