Dental implants offer a welcome alternative to broken or failing bridgework. Since the titanium post effectively fuses with the jaw bone, the crown attached on it does not slip, make noise or cause any damage that most dental bridges are likely to cause. Moreover, the materials used in the implant allows it to last more than a lifetime by making it impervious to decay and erosion. Here is why we recommend dental implants for failing bridges.
A dental bridge will start slipping once the adhesive loses its strength. The average lifespan of a traditional dental bridge is 10-15 years but requires special care and maintenance. A dental implant, on the other hand, remains intact for a lifetime and does not need any special treatments to maintain it. The material properties of the implant screw and crown prevent it from wear and decay.
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In dental bridges, the patient often feels soreness and tenderness in the tooth and gum area since the enamel is ground and the nerves get exposed. With recent leaps in technology, implants can now be installed in a matter of hours through Same-Day Dental Implant. Local anesthesia eliminates the pain during the procedure, and there is no further pain once the titanium post bonds with the bone.
While dental bridges are also used for aesthetic correction, they lack customization features and have to be completely detached to remodel new ones. The dental implant allows the maxillofacial surgeon to customize the facial aesthetics with size and shape of the tooth and renders more pleasing results than dental bridges. This improves overall physiological health, increasing confidence while smiling and eating.
When dental bridges are installed, the underlying teeth are ground to support the crown. This often exposes the nerves and leaves the tooth more vulnerable. In dental implants no surrounding teeth are reduced or cut, only the missing/extracted tooth site is operated. The gum engulfs the implant and the crown naturally without any remodeling treatments, preventing food particles from getting stuck in between.
Dental bridges cannot restore 100% mechanical strength of the tooth and cause disruption in chewing patterns when eating food. Since the implant fixture fuses with the bone and permanently anchors the prosthetic tooth, the jaw bone is prevented from shrinking and instead strengthens over time. With dental implants, the person can chew food without experiences any strain or any abnormal sensation on the teeth.
The mechanical connectivity of dental bridges complicates oral cleaning in which special floss tip bristles are required for maintaining oral hygiene. Dental implants don’t require any special materials or devices for cleaning and have shown a great success rate with minimum to zero cost on maintenance. Implants can be easily brushed, flossed, or treated without causing complications and are highly resistant to discoloration.