Although traditional bridges and dentures have been effective tooth replacement options for many years, they involve removal of healthy tooth structure or extraction of existing teeth. Dental implants do not negatively impact your existing teeth; and are a stronger, more permanent and comfortable option than dentures or bridges.
The procedure for placing a traditional bridge involves taking away some healthy tooth structure of the adjacent teeth to attach the bridge. Dentures often shift and can affect your ability to properly eat and speak. Dentures must be taken out and cleaned every day, and some patients find them uncomfortable. The bone loss that may occur due to missing teeth can alter your facial structure. The placement of implants can halt bone loss and improve your appearance and oral health.