If you receive a dental implant, you can expect it to last for a lifetime. Dental implants have been studied over the past five decades and found to have a success rate of over 95 percent. Contrast this with the average lifespan of a dental bridge, which is only one decade, according to the American Dental Association.
The success rate of dental bridges declines over time because the procedure eventually compromises teeth. The rate of success of bridges drops even further when they tooth that previously had a root canal must support a bridge.
When your original tooth root is in place, your jawbone will firmly grip it and grow around it to provide a firm anchor. With no tooth root, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate. Known as the process of resorption, this can lead to difficulty when you eventually need a dental implant down the road. Although this loss of bone does not necessarily disqualify you from receiving a dental implant, it makes the process more difficult and expensive. This is because you would likely need a bone graft to replace this missing job on material. So you end up with a more time-consuming and expensive process.
Another reason why you want to prevent bone loss is the fact that it can have on your appearance. The bone is very thin around your front teeth, and this bone can quickly melt away without the presence of a tooth. This eventually gives the appearance that the bone and gums are collapsing inward. This often leads to a visible defect when you smile.
If you use a dental bridge to replace a front tooth, this tooth's will eventually resemble a false tooth since the bone and gums above it start collapsing, leaving the false tooth isolated with no support. If you replace a tooth with a dental implant, it will function just like a natural tooth and help to preserve the bone, preventing this defect from occurring.
Unless you require a complicated full-mouth reconstruction, the most cost-effective solution for missing teeth is dental implants. This is because of the fact that implants have the highest success rates of all available tooth replacement options.
Although dental bridges are initially less expensive than implants, they become more expensive over time because they will ultimately compromise the health of nearby teeth. This is because the placement of bridges requires the removal of some of the two structure. When bridges eventually fail,other procedures like root canal therapy may be necessary. All of this increases the long-term cost of dental bridges.
If you would like to further explore how dental implants can enhance and improve your smile, we encourage you to contact the office of Boulevard Dental to schedule your initial consultation.