I'm sure there's no "one size fits all" answer. I have had one implant for years, and I don't even know it's there. Most people I know who have them also swear by them.
The way my dentist explains it, "nothing" may be a reasonable solution only if you're talking about the last molar, but leaving a gap is usually a bad idea. And since you're talking about a bridge as an option, it appears that in your case "nothing" would leave a gap. Personally, I'd never do that.
Generally, implants seem to be more popular than bridges these days. Bridges have the disadvantage of 1) requiring perfectly good teeth to be ground down, and 2) decay getting under the bridge and into those heretofore perfectly good teeth, which may lead to losing both the teeth and the bridge. With implants, the adjoining teeth aren't affected, and this is seen as a big advantage.
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I think, if you have enough bone, I would do the implant....Yes, check it out and see the advantages, I hear that is the way to go...Hopefully, insurance will cover some of it?? Something else to check out.
I too, would suggest implants, IF, your mouth (bone) will support it, and IF, your wallet will support it. We have one dentist who advertises here in Florida, for a complete mouth of implants, or however he does it, all done in one day, while you sleep, and completely pain free. Just for the hell of it, I called him, and finally got out of his nurse that the AVERAGE cost of this service is about $45,000 dollars!
I have 2 bridges and have had no problems .Now I have a tooth that has a partial fracture and my dentist and endodontist feel an implant is the only option . I do not think my insurance will cover anything except possibly the xrays and consultation as I had a tooth pulled recently and root canal yesterday.
Lakers Fan. They're all correct. Do the implant. My DH had two of them in the mid-ninties. That cost about $3000. I suspect they're cheaper now. But my DH says he doesn't even know they're there. He had a bridge, an anchor tooth decayed. He needs another one now.
A bridge is a lesser cost but he was quoted $
I say a bridge for someone your age and if the tooth is not in the front. Implants can become an issue with nerves and sinuses not to mention if you don't have enough bone left, something I wouldn't chance. Implants have come a long way but you will sign a waver in the case you get nerve damage that releases them from liability, I'm also against LASIK surgery.
Just my opinion.
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I have three implants. Two due to a bridge and one from a dead tooth from braces as an adult. I would definitely do it again. The doctor built up my bone and the process took a long time to complete but definitely worth it. I had to wait months for the healing before implant could be done but they look beautiful. Aerogirl, I just had lasik done 3 months ago. Mono vision and I love it. I would recommend it to anyone. Just research and find a good doctor. I went to one that did a lot of the Chicago bulls players and he was excellent.
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