Missing tooth can be replaced in several ways. One common option is replacing a missing tooth with a bridge. A bridge can provide an aesthetic replacement. However, it does require the teeth on each side of space to shape down and used as supports for the bridge restoration. As a result, this irreversibly alters the tooth and its life span may be compromised. Possible complications include root canals, sensitive teeth and decay around the edges of the bridge. The average life span of the bridge is recorded to be 10 to 15years of range.
An implant on the other hand is more conservative restoration as it does not involve the surrounding teeth. The implant is placed into the jaw bone and after it attaches to the jaw bone a crown is placed.
When these two restorations is compared, you can easily find that both provide aesthetic solution to the replacement of missing teeth. But the thing is, in a bridge if the two supporting teeth have no filling and are really in good shape, a bridge is not so desirable since you normally like to avoid grinding healthy teeth to put on a crown. Dental bridges can work great. But realise you are using the two anchor teeth to support the bridge. If those anchor teeth are not strong to begin with, this added pressure can weaken them further. As bridge involves the adjacent teeth, so if problem arises the surrounding teeth may be jeopardized. An implant is a standalone restoration providing a much more conservative approach to the replacement of a missing tooth. This leaves the other teeth alone. An implant is actually the part that replaces the tooth root and is made of titanium. The actual replacement tooth that you see attaches to the metal implant inside the jaw bone and is made of porcelain to match the surrounding teeth. Implants can also be a little easier to clean than bridges as dental bridges can make dental flossing a bit more challenging. Bridges can be done on implants as well.
There really are now many options more than ever before in history. Remember, a regular dental check up can help keep your teeth healthy and small problems can be cured much earlier before a major problem occurs