Bridges have been around for centuries. They have been used to traverse rivers and canyons and make things easier for travelers. Dental bridges have also been used for centuries. Although dental bridges are still acceptable forms of treatment for missing teeth, they are an inferior treatment option when compared to a dental implant. When engineers design a bridge to cross a river, they must take into account the need for the water to flow underneath and for shipping passages. In order to do this, there must be spans between support structures where this traffic can flow; however, the spans are the weakest part of the bridge and engineers go to great lengths to strengthen them. At New Image Dental Implant Center, we use these same principals when designing a dental bridge, except there is a great difference between a bridge for a river and your teeth—there is no necessity for a span in your mouth.
Because you don’t need to make room for shipping passage lanes, why not place a structural post where a dental crown can be placed? This will give a sound structure on which Dr. Miner can place a long lasting restoration. One other great advantage is that the dental implant is independent from the teeth next door. That is to say if an adjacent tooth develops tooth decay, the money spent on your dental implant and crown is not wasted. This can’t be said about a dental bridge. If one tooth fails, then the entire bridge must be replaced.
It is clear to dentists that dental implants are normally always the better treatment option for their patients. Let Dr. Jeremy Miner help explain the dental implant procedure and what to expect in person. Call today and make an appointment for a consultation.