When you need dental work and your choices are dental implants or a bridge, you will need to know everything there is to know about each of them in order to make an informed decision. Consider the pros and cons of each. Let’s discuss the cons first, so we can end on a positive note.
Bridges require that perfectly healthy teeth to be shaved down and covered. This can cause the roots to rot away which will put you right back in the chair, either getting a new bridge or implants. Another issue that comes up with having your teeth decay away is that the jaw starts to wear away as well. This is not only a cosmetic concern, but a health concern as well.
Rotting teeth can cause infection and periodontal disease. Bridges are also more apt to be noticeable – looking slightly different than your other teeth.
Implants are more expensive and are not covered by most insurance plans. They usually require more work than having a bridge put in. It can take months to have your implants finished. You may have to have bone taken out and essentially rebuilt. These can range in price from $2,000 to $30,000, depending on how many teeth need to be done and how much work it takes to do it.
Bridges are usually covered by insurance plans. Compared to implants, bridges are a low cost treatment in the short term. Even if you don’t have insurance, bridges are a cheaper alternative. You can have your bridge work taken care of in just a couple of visits.
Implants look more genuine than bridges. They are literally implanted into bone and you won’t have to worry about having dental surgery to take out rotting roots. They preserve what you have and are not a cause of periodontal disease. In the long term, they are more reliable than bridges.
Implants are recommended for anyone under the age of 70 because of their reliability.
It seems that implants are the way to go if you have a choice between the two. If you don’t have the money to cover the treatment, there are many specialists out there who offer payment plans. This may be a valid consideration for you.