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Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants

One of the greatest advantages of single dental implant as compared to a 3-unit bridge is that the adjacent teeth are not cut down. A dental implant is placed in the missing tooth site and a crown is fabricated over the implant.  The patient can floss between the implant-supported crown and the adjacent teeth just like when the original tooth was there.

With a 3-tooth bridge, the crowns are connected with a pontic or a replacement tooth.  As a result, a patient needs to floss from underneath the bridge using more undesirable methods such as floss threaders or picks.

Additionally, dental implants are made of titanium, ensuring that they will never decay or require a root canal like with a natural tooth.  When a tooth is cut down for crown fabrication, the trauma of the cutting can cause the tooth to lose its vitality, which can occur even years later.  If the tooth loses its vitality, then a root canal might be necessary.  This procedure is performed through the top of the crown so the root canal doctor, the endodontist, can gain access to the tooth.  A tooth can also decay from under the crown margins if plaque accumulates in the area.

During a consultation with Dr. Clifford Melnick, all of your dental bridge and dental implant options will be discussed in full detail.  All of your questions concerning both dental implants and dental bridges will be answered, and Dr. Clifford Melnick will help you understand which option may best suit your individual needs. Contact our Manhattan office today at 212-355-1266 to learn more about bridges and implants.