I need a six unit bridge. My dentist said I’ll save money if I get a bridge instead of dental implants. I don’t know why, but I don’t have a good feeling about it. Am I nervous for nothing?
Jennifer J. – Houston
Your gut is serving you well. I’m surprised your dentist suggested this. Generally, when your talking about an implant verses a bridge it is not always a significant choice. This is different. Not only are dental implants by far the better choice, but the unit bridge is likely to have a lot of problems and could end up costing you a significant amount of money.
First, you need an equal amount of support as the missing teeth. When you’re talking about a six unit bridge, that is a lot of needed support. It will put a significant amount of strain on your other teeth.
Each supporting tooth has to be paralled to all the other teeth. When your talking about the amount of teeth you’ve got to deal with, this will be very difficult. Even if I thought this was a good option, that would require an extraordinary amount of skill. It would have to be someone other than your average family dentist to do this.
Another thing to consider is that if you had any problem on any of the supporting teeth such as decay or gum disease the entire unit would have to be redone. That would end up costing you a lot more then dental implants.
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