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Is a dental bridge a good option for missing teeth?
Asking if a dental bridge is a good option for missing teeth is the first step in the right direction!
The simplest answer that I can give is: Yes, depending on the circumstances a dental bridge is a good option to replace a missing tooth. This comes with a caveat though. Years ago dental bridges were done all the time because they were the best way of replacing teeth. Now-a-days, dental implants have become so successful that in a lot of scenarios implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth.
This does not mean that in all situations an implant is the best way to replace a missing tooth. For example, if one tooth is missing and the teeth on either side of the missing tooth area have cavities large enough to require crowns, then it might be in the patients best interest to have a dental bridge replace the missing tooth. The bridge would fill the missing tooth area as well as put crowns on the teeth that need them (2 birds 1 stone).
Another example would be a tooth that has been missing for a while. When we loose a tooth the jaw bone starts atrophying (reabsorbing) and the teeth around the missing tooth start drifting into that space. This means that there is not enough space in the jaw bone to put an implant in and there is not enough space to put a tooth in. Both of these are usually remedied with a dental bridge easier then a dental implant.
Finally, a dental implant usually costs about the same amount as a dental bridge, until procedures like bone grafts and orthodontics are required. So simply from a cost point of view a dental bridge could be a better choice then a dental implant.
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