Dental Bridges have had their day.

Did you know that dental bridges have been around for over a century?

Now I’m not one to decry something simply because its getting old – for example, I do love old cars (as friends will testify!), but how many of us would drive a 100 year old car as everyday transport? Wouldn’t that be uneconomic, wouldn’t it damage the environment?

Just like having dental bridges fitted, as it turns out.

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The costs add up

The problem is, a bridge relies totally on the teeth either side for its support, and those teeth have to be drilled down to pegs would you believe.

So, installing the dental bridge actually weakens the adjoining teeth, and then to add insult to injury, the bridge leans on them for the rest of its life…..the dental bridge is ‘parasitic’. Bad for its environment.

The extra loads that that bridge imparts means those teeth are much more likely to fail in the long term……a single tooth loss leads to having 2 or 3 teeth missing…the long term costs go up.

Hardly an elegant modern solution

People should also know that with a bridge, the bone and gum underneath continues to shrink slowly over time.

At best this leaves a ‘dip’ in the gum above the bridge tooth and at worst a black hole (gap) appears so that everyone you smile at knows exactly where your false tooth is!

Dental Implants are the answer

The humble dental implant solves all these issues: It stands alone without interfering with its neighbours.

Over and above that, our bone loves the titanium surface of an implant tooth – and once an implant is inserted under the gum and into the bone, then the bone will not shrink like it does with a bridge.

The aesthetic and cost implications of implant teeth are just too good to ignore.

Let us retire the bridge, and give it the rest it deserves.

Comments

  1. What about the possibility of having implants in gums where teeth have been missing for years?? Is this possible?

  2. Hi Margarett,

    apologies for my delay in replying but I have been away from the clinic for a week or so.

    The answer to your question is a resounding ‘yes’ in most cases. It can be the case that the bone has shrunk too far over time and then we would either manipulate the shape of the bone to allow an implant to be inserted or possibly employ one of the various bone grafting techniques.

    Best wishes

    Dr Andrew Fennell Bds (lond)

  3. Hi Andrew, I have been told my 2 baby teeth do not have long before they will come out, leaving me with 2 visible gaps. I have been told that i do not have a strong bone structure for implants and that a bridge would be better. What are the long term problems I could face with ether choice?

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