I need to replace two missing teeth next to each other. Can I just have one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?
We understand that this may seem like a cost-effective solution for gaining the benefit of function and stability that comes with a dental implant. However, this isn’t a good idea.
Experience has shown that that it’s preferable not to attach implants to natural teeth. The problem with this being the fact that your new implant is much more stable than neighboring natural teeth. Natural teeth are constantly in a process where they’re moving slightly, even though you can’t see or don’t notice it.
Bridges work well because the artificial tooth uses neighboring teeth for support, so it absorbs any movement. However, a natural tooth attached to an implant will still move somewhat, as opposed to the dental implant, which is completely stable. However, it’s not uncommon for us to attach implants to each other, which is advantageous because the combined strength keeps the teeth stable.
In summary, it may appear to be a good solution that will save you a little money, the long-term results may not be as effective as you’d like. Yes, it may be less expensive in the short term to place one implant instead of two, the long-term success is likely to be much better with the two implants.
There’s a lot to consider when thinking about dental implants. At Wisconsin Smiles, we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you find the solution that best fits all your needs.