I am faced with deciding if I want an implant or a bridge replacement (for the third time). I am scared of surgery, but my dentist tells me that implants are become standard and the procedure is not complicated. Yet I am hesitant to accept that statement. Can you please just give me a few reasons, not financial, why I should go with an implant over a bridge?
The literature proves over and over again that a dental implant has greater long term success than a bridge.
1. There is less stress on the adjacent teeth when an implant is used to replace a missing tooth.
2. A single dental implant can be flossed easier than a bridge and maintained.
3. When a bridge is performed, adjacent teeth are involved increasing the risk of a root canal being needed.
4. The last reason an implant is better than a bridge is that the implant actually stimulates the bone where the tooth is missing whereas a bridge doesn't do that. There is the risk of bone being lost under a bridge due to this lack of stimulation.