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      06-25-2021, 03:02 PM   #1
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Dental implant vs. Bridge

Anyone have a dental implant or bridge (one tooth)? If so, are you happy or would have have made a different decision than the one you made? I can do either (or just have one less tooth) and leaning towards dental implant over bridge.
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I got both. A one tooth bridge and 2 single implants. If the teeth on each side of the missing one are in good shape and look good, get an implant.

A bridge is harder to keep clean especially if it's not in front.
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I got both. A one tooth bridge and 2 single implants. If the teeth on each side of the missing one are in good shape and look good, get an implant.

A bridge is harder to keep clean especially if it's not in front.
Thanks. Thatís helpful because those are exactly the issues I was thinking about. Do I really want to mess with 2 good teeth and deal with cleaning between teeth under the bridge? Sucks to think about the timeline for the implant but itís probably the right thing.
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...Sucks to think about the timeline for the implant but itís probably the right thing.
It is the right thing... You won't regret it.
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I would like to add that depending on location, you can also choose to pull tooth without replacement. One of my rear molars was shattered into a few pieces about 15 years ago (by a direct impact) and I chose to remove without replacement. At this point Im happy with my decision and not sure how that would change in the coming years. Of course, if this were a visible gap in my smile or whatever... then I would have had an implant.
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I would like to add that depending on location, you can also choose to pull tooth without replacement. One of my rear molars was shattered into a few pieces about 15 years ago (by a direct impact) and I chose to remove without replacement. At this point Im happy with my decision and not sure how that would change in the coming years. Of course, if this were a visible gap in my smile or whatever... then I would have had an implant.
This is also a molar and I have given some thought to not replacing it as it is doubtful it would be visible. But I use it a lot for chewing so most likely it will be replaced. (Have had a crown since root canal 15-ish year ago.). But agree itís an option and both my dad and wife have suggested I take that approach.
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I've got a 1st-gen implant and a 3rd or 4th-gen implant, and the difference between them is pretty significant.

They've really improved the technology-- I can't really tell that my most recent implant isn't a real tooth.

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP: When you get the tooth extracted, you'll want the doc to pack the socket with pulverized bone (bone graft)-- this is ESSENTIAL-- the powdered bone prevents resorption, so you won't end up with a depression in the side of the jaw as the bone heals the hole where the tooth was.

They hadn't quite figured that out when I got my first implant-- and I have a noticeable concavity on the inside of my upper jaw due to that. The second one was packed with a bone graft and the results are far superior.

I'd get an implant over a bridge every time.

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This thread has past me as it becomes important for OP, so my few cents to this:
Had a bridge onto upper left side, covering 2-3 up to 2-7. Last year in end of april I suffered a heavy inflammation beneath the 2-7 and the bridge had to come out completely, because in between were no teeth left, implants were the only solution.
Got 2 at 2-4 and 2-6 of them in October last year, heal and cure time until beginning of april this year, due to a very close schedule the toothbridge got inserted at the beginning of May.
The insertion was a pain in the ass as the constuct were taken into the lower located studs with small screws and the gum got compressed the first time since years, this burning lasts a few hours and disappeard then.
After a few days I had increased the load as told by the surgeon and my dentist and meanwhile Im happy as could been with this decision.
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