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If any help comes too late for a tooth, the gap does not have to remain in a permanent state. But which dentures are better? Bridge or implant?
Ouch! Pain in the jaw is a pain. How good that a sick tooth can often be saved, for example by a root canal treatment. However, if it has to be pulled, the question arises: Should an implant close the gap or rather a bridge?
A second opinion can reduce costs
"Pros and cons have both types of dentures, " Dr. Diana Svoboda from Essen diPura Dental Clinic. "If the teeth next to the gap are flawless, I recommend the implant rather than the bridge. In some diseases, such as diabetes or certain heart disease, a consultation with the specialist makes sense to clarify risks. "An implant is an artificial tooth root made of ceramic or titanium, which is fused with the jawbone. "Unlike with the bridge, the tooth substance of the neighboring teeth is preserved in the implant. In addition, the pressure is better distributed than in a classic bridge, where it is derived only on the abraded tooth stumps, "said the expert.$config[ads_text] not found
Another plus: Implants can last a very long time with optimal care, such as with interdental brushes and anti-inflammatory toothpaste. One disadvantage is implants, according to Dr. med. Svoboda nonetheless: They are usually more expensive than bridges. Therefore, a cost comparison is worthwhile as soon as the individual health and cost plan is available.
It depends on the dental care
"Bridges maintain conscientious oral hygiene for about 15 to 20 years and have the advantage that already damaged or crowned neighboring teeth are treated at no extra cost", says Dr. med. Svoboda. However, the construction only provides support as long as the gap is small enough.
"As a rule of thumb for bridges: up to three missing teeth. However, this also depends on whether the tooth replacement takes place in the lateral or anterior region, "says the expert. "Unfortunately, bacteria can accumulate under the bridge, leading to gingivitis and tooth decay. In the worst case, the loss of the bridge is the result. "But this can be avoided fortunately by the right dental care in the morning and in the evening.