Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Is The Dental Bridge Becoming Obsolete?
Well, maybe not obsolete, but certainly it is recommended less frequently as a first option than before.
Implants have come a long way. “We are seeing they provide a strong foundation for placing crowns, which makes them in most situations the optimal choice for restoring a missing tooth,” says Dr. Judith Ko from her Hemet Valley Dental Practice.
A dental bridge for a number of years was the only option for patients. Having a dental bridge meant that to replace a missing tooth for cosmetics or to restore chewing ability, the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth would be modified and crowns would be placed over them with a pontic (false tooth) suspended between. “Bridges work, they are not bad, but they do impact the teeth on either side of the missing one,” adds Dr. Ko.
With implants you are able to restore the single tooth without impacting the ones surrounding it. “Initially the cost of a surgeon placing an implant made the difference in which option many patients chose, as the cost of an implant was slightly higher, but now that is no longer a factor.”
And many more people than once thought are candidates for implants. “We now have more options in the type of implants that can be placed and restored, which means more patients have an implant as an option.”
If you are wondering about implants, give us a call. We’d love to help you determine if an implant is right for you.