My dentist is recommending extraction and placement of a dental bridge, but I don’t like the idea of grinding down perfectly good teeth on each side. Could an implant work here?
There’s a good possibility that a dental implant would work well in this case. The goal of dentistry today is to do everything we can to keep your natural teeth fully intact for as long as possible, and any alteration of a tooth that includes removing healthy structure makes them more susceptible to problems.
While a bridge is still a great choice in certain cases, an implant may be a better option. Implants are as easy to brush and floss as your natural teeth. Bridges, on the other hand, make it difficult to properly clean the space between the prosthetic tooth and neighboring teeth. Many patients find it so difficult to clean that they end up ignoring these areas, and when you can’t floss thoroughly, you put yourself at risk for gum disease and a host of other dental problems. Dental implants are easier to clean and floss, don’t need to be attached to natural teeth. Basically, implants are as close to a natural tooth as we can provide.
We will be happy to talk to you about dental implants and all the benefits they offer compared to other types of tooth replacement. Please call our West Allis office so we can arrange a convenient consultation.