Depending on how many teeth you have lost, your dentist may recommend that you receive a single or multiple tooth implant. How these types of implants work can vary based on how many teeth you will need replaced. However, there are many reasons why the dental implant is better than a bridge without an implant.
A single tooth dental implant does not rely on a bridge. Instead, this type of implant replaces the tooth at its root. Afterward, the dentist attaches a crown to the implant. The crown will be customized so that it blends perfectly with your other teeth. You won't be able to tell the difference between the dental crown and the original tooth.
If you must have multiple teeth replaced, one option is to have the implant attached to a bridge or denture. The implant-supported bridge will support 3-4 teeth and you will not need adjacent teeth to support the bridge.
Another option to replace two or more teeth is a partial denture. This denture can be permanent or removable. When the denture is popped out of place, you may find it easier to clean around your remaining teeth.
When you have lost all of your teeth, you will need full dentures. The implants hold the dentures in place so you do not have to worry about losing your dentures. You may choose permanent dentures or they could be removable. With full dentures, you will need four to six implants to ensure that your dentures remain stable. Without implants, your full dentures would easily slide out.
Regardless of which option your dentist recommends, you will be better off with dental implants vs simply relying on a bridge. When you do not have an implant, you will need to rely on your other teeth to support the bridge. This can place strain on these teeth and if you lose your other teeth, you will not have the necessary support.
Dental implants are the longest-lasting options. An implant is normally made of titanium. It fuses to the jawbone through the process of osseointegration. This type of metal is very resistant to decay. In contrast, a bridge will typically only last 10 years. The rest of the tooth structure that the bridge is connected to is susceptible to decay. The only time you should consider bridges is if they are recommended by your dentist.
Contact a clinic, like Amato Dentistry, for more help.