Dental Implants and bridges are two common solutions used to replace missing teeth. Dental Implants are strong, long lasting, artificial teeth placed into the jawbone during oral surgery. Bridges join a fake tooth with adjacent permanent teeth. Lets do a quick comparison.
Bridges can last about 10 years or more.
A permanent bridge replaces the temporary bridge two weeks after the initial procedure.
Bone loss can occur with bone loss or missing teeth and with bridges.
Dental Implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
Implants are made of a titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone. This process takes a few months for compete healing.
Implants are the only type of treatment that can prevent jawbone deterioration
Dental implants are a successful form of treatment for patients, yet according to a study published in 2005, five to 10 per cent of all dental implants fail.
The reasons for this failure are several-fold — mechanical problems, poor connection to the bones in which they are implanted, infection or rejection. When failure occurs the dental implant must be removed.
The main reason for dental implant failure is peri-implantitis. This is the destructive inflammatory process affecting the soft and hard tissues surrounding dental implants. This occurs when pathogenic microbes in the mouth and oral cavity develop into biofilms, which protects them and encourages growth. Peri-implantitis is caused when the biofilms develop on dental implants.
My urging to those with implants is PLEASE USE A WATERPIK & GET CLEANINGS EVERY 3 MONTHS!
After investing time and money into making your mouth functional, it is necessary to maintain healthy gums around the implants and all of the teeth.
Have a great summer everyone!
Be well. 😉