Oral Health

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Posted by: Mo | 2010/03/10

Q.

implant or bridge

Hi, I require an extraction of a 14 (I assume you will know which tooth that is). Its in my smile and I dont want a gap so my dentist recommended a bridge. He told me he would not recommend an implant. I decided to go for a second opion and this new dentist recommends an implant and not a bridge. He reckons why file away half of a good tooth, to fit the bridge???

I am so confused. What are the pros and cons of both the implant and bridge?

I cant afford R13 000 on an implant but i can make a plan. I can afford R7500 for the bridge but dont want to hav a good tooth filed away. on the other hand i''ve been told an implant could last a life time while a bridge would have to be replaced often!

Please help.

Expert's Reply

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Oral health expert

both treatment options are acceptable depending on the circumstances (bone support, bite,oral hygiene etc).
implants as well as bridges can fail sometimes- the succes rate depends on facots (like the ones mentioned above).
without a proper examination it is difficult- almost impossible- to advise which is better for you

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Posted by: Jannie | 2010/05/19

Hi, I am not a dentist, but are now going for my 10th, 11th and 12th implant. I am now 57 and for me it is the best thing i ever started with 4 years back, getting back my smile and be confident. So my view is that an implant is better. It is like your own original tooth, standing on it''s own, you can clean between that and other and be sure that it is strong.
Strongs with your decision

Reply to Jannie
Posted by: dental expert | 2010/03/10

both treatment options are acceptable depending on the circumstances (bone support, bite,oral hygiene etc).
implants as well as bridges can fail sometimes- the succes rate depends on facots (like the ones mentioned above).
without a proper examination it is difficult- almost impossible- to advise which is better for you

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