The drawback to dental bridges for restoring missing teeth is that teeth on either side of the gap may not be heavily decayed or have large fillings, which excludes them from requiring a crown.
Placing a bridge in that area would require crowning teeth that do not need crowns.
An implant avoids this by only affecting the space where teeth are missing.
Dental implants have 2 pieces.
The implant itself is embedded in the bone of the jaw & provides the anchor for the final restoration. The second piece is similar to a standard crown & fills the visible gap.
Implants require more time & appointments, but the end result is a superb dental restoration.
A typical implant restoration case has the following steps:
- Consult with oral surgeon before implant placement
- Implant placement
- Bone healing and integration of implant body for approximately 6 months
- Implant uncovering
- Restoration placed
Each step may require multiple appointments depending on treatment complexity