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I have a missing tooth and I’m considering getting an implant instead of a bridge. What are the pros and cons of implants?
Which treatment option is chosen will depend on many factors including your overall health, the health of the teeth surrounding the missing tooth, and the quality of the bone where the implant will be placed. Pros: teeth surrounding the space do not need to be treated, will never get a cavity, it the closest treatment option we have to natural teeth. Cons (and this depends on your perspective): can be a more costly treatment than a bridge, will take longer to complete - ave. 4-6 months. If the teeth next to the space are healthy and do not need any treatment, often times an implant is a better option. Here is some more information: https://www.lansdalecosmeticdentist.com/general-and-restorative/dental-implants
Best of luck. David M. Kaffey, DDS
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Dental Implants are surgical intervention, you need enough bone for it to be successful ! It takes longer to get your tooth placed with implants.
If the adjacent teeth next to your missing teeth have large restorations or crowns or decays, then a dental bridge will do you good!
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Excellent question that we get asked frequently.
One or multiple missing teeth can have a real impact on your bite, speech, and even your whole health. It is not just your health that is affected, your appearance suffers too because a missing tooth can result in your jaw rapidly deteriorating by up to 25% in the first year alone. Dental implants are an ideal solution as they look and act just like natural teeth. There are a number of different implant options to boost your oral health and appearance.
Our web page covers the topic of dental implants in depth as well as bone grafting for people who want implants but have been told they are not good candidates.
This article also discusses what dental implants are, the pros and cons, the cost and the procedure itself.
Pros and Cons of implants
•Dental implants provide you with the ability to have a more natural appearance
• It can be used as a treatment effectively for different periodontal diseases like tooth abscesses
• The success rate of having dental implants in healthy individuals can be as high as ninety-seven percent
• They are meant to last a lifetime
• They are more expensive than other tooth replacement methods and most insurance typically cover less than ten percent of the cost.
• They are considered a major surgery
• Implant can take several months to fuse with the bone.
• They are not a feasible option for everyone.
• If you have bone diseases or a weakened jaw bone you cannot get dental implants fitted.
Dental Implants are small titanium fixtures, which are used to mimic and replace absent teeth. Tooth loss is never something pleasant, the absence of teeth causes tipping of adjacent teeth, thereby migrating into the space.