A single tooth can be lost due to accident or disease. Historically, a common solution for this problem was typically a dental bridge. However, a dental bridge can often cause damage to remaining teeth and even result in further tooth loss.
Dental implants provide the most healthy and natural tooth replacements available. There are fewer risks of complication than with a dental bridge. In fact, with dental implants, our Portland patients will actually see improved oral health.
Drawbacks of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is essentially a prosthetic tooth that is suspended in between two natural teeth. Additionally, the two natural teeth must be destroyed and fitted with crowns in order to support the dental bridge. This often results in complications because it requires that a all of the enamel on the supporting teeth be amputated.
In addition to leaving the teeth vulnerable to decay, a dental bridge also puts stress on these teeth, which can eventually cause them to come loose. In fact, there is a 33% failure rate with dental bridges in the first 5-7 years.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Zirconia dental implants are healthier and offer better outcomes than dental bridges. They are actually fused with the jawbone and do not rely on remaining teeth for support.