Dental implants have many benefits that may make them preferable to bridges for the modern patient, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
In fact, the AAID has suggested that people may want to replace aging bridges with permanent implants in order to improve dental health.
The advantages of dental implants include that the fact that they are easily able to be flossed, are resistant to decay and do not require the sacrifice of existing teeth for their success, explained Dr. Olivia Palmer of the AAID.
"An old bridge is basically worthless for preserving good dental health. In essence, it's a bridge to nowhere," she said.
Palmer said that one of the most common problems with bridges is that it is difficult to keep them clean, so they are susceptible to decay.
Palmer explained that in contrast, contemporary dental implant surgery is fast, predictable and long-lasting.
According to the American Dental Association, those who are potentially interested in getting dental implants should first consult with their dentist to see if they are good candidates for the procedure. Healthy gums and adequate bone to support implants are two important factors.
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