Implant Dentistry has undergone many radical changes in recent years due to new products, new materials, and new technology which has changed many procedures.
Implants are used to replace missing teeth. An implant is a metal device that is placed in the bone. A crown is then attached to the implant. An implant will allow you to replace the missing tooth without having to use adjacent teeth to support the false tooth. The results are great and the cost is coming very close to that of fixed bridges.
A fixed bridge is designed to restore your mouth to as close to it’s natural conditions as before you lost the tooth (teeth) as possible. If you have been missing the tooth (teeth) for many years and have become accustomed to not having it, the importance of replacing it might seem small. That is not true, it is very important to replace missing teeth in order to help preserve other teeth and to allow you to function properly.
Fixed bridges or implants can be used to replace missing teeth in a variety of situations. The use of them, rather that a partial, depends on the location of the missing tooth (teeth), condition of the surrounding teeth (if there are any), and the condition of the underlying bone.