I have a dental bridge. Recently my grandson needed a tooth replaced. He told me bridges were a thing of the past and dental implants are now the standard treatment. Is that accurate or is his dentist just talking him into a more expensive treatment?
Bruce L. – Wisconsin
You are not the first person to ask that question. In 2009, a health columnist for the New York Times asked the same question. It resulted in the article, A Dental Shift: Implants Instead of Bridges.
It is true that dental implants are the ideal treatment. It makes it easier to do your oral hygiene, which reduces the risk of periodontal disease. However, as a dentist, I will tell you that doesn’t mean that bridges are no longer a valid treatment.
There are times that you might want a bridge, instead of an implant, especially if the adjacent teeth need work as well. If his adjacent teeth don’t need any work, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. His dentist is just recommending the ideal treatment. If your grandson can afford it, in the long run it will be the best thing for his teeth and gums.
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