In the 70s I had a dental bridge put in to replace three missing front teeth. I have been very happy with it all these years. I can eat anything I want, apples, cob corn, you get the picture. A few weeks ago I got hit in the mouth with some metal and it has fractured my bridge. I’m faced with a decision. Replace this one with a five unit bridge (because apparently one of my good teeth was turned into a post) or dental implants.
I really want dental implants, but my dentist swears up and down that is a bad idea. I’ve spoken to a couple of oral surgeons. They both think I’d be fine either way. If I really want the implants, is that OK? Am I making a bad decision? My dentist is quite determined it’s a bad idea.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Tony from Orlando
When you’re talking about a a bridge for one missing tooth versus a dental implant, a bridge is equally useful and in some cases better, but once you start getting into larger units (as you are) the scale tips greatly in the favor of dental implants.
Your arch in the front of your mouth is curved. When you have a front four unit bridge it is pretty close to a straight line. At the fifth tooth you begin going around the curve. So if you have a bridge there and you place biting force onto those front teeth, the force you are exerting is off center from the line of support of the teeth on which the bridge is anchored. This is bad for your supporting teeth. You more than double your risk.
It could be that your dentist is so opposed to dental implants because he is not very experienced with them. I wouldn’t press him to do a procedure he is uncomfortable with, because you could end up with a disaster. I do think dental implants are your better choice, but I would look to another dentist to do the procedure.
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