In the dental business now, an implant is considered the “standard of care” for a missing tooth. Often, an implant is offered to patients as the best option – and in some case, the only option.
Implants do have some advantages over dental bridges. For one thing, implants go right into the bone, and the tooth is built onto it. The teeth on either side of the implant do not have to be touched
Putting in a bridge is not “substandard,” care, it just doesn’t have all the same advantages. With a bridge, the teeth on either side of the bridge have to be modified to hold it in place. And a bridge does not protect the bone as well as an implant.
But bridges have other advantages. For one thing, they can be much less costly. Most insurance companies cover about 50% of a bridge. Some Insurance companies don’t pay for implants at all, and patients end up paying the full cost which can be four times more than a bridge.
Also, it takes about 2 weeks, start to finish, for a bridge, while the many steps required with an implant can take up to 6 months.
Both treatments effectively fill the space left behind after a tooth is extracted. And both are viable options to consider.