Advantages of tooth implants over dental bridges include increased longevity and lower risk of damage to nearby healthy teeth, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dental implants are the closest restorative option to natural teeth in terms of function, appearance and feel.
A dental bridge necessitates grinding down teeth near the missing tooth so they can support the bridge, but an implant allows for the preservation of healthy teeth, notes the AAID. Furthermore, most tooth-supported dental bridges have a life span of five to seven years and eventually require replacement, while tooth implants can last for life if they are well-implanted and cared for properly.
Patients with tooth implants do not have to worry as much about their dental work as those who opt for other forms of restorative procedures because there is usually no chance of implants falling out or becoming loose in the middle of everyday activities, such as eating and laughing, explains the AAID.
Whereas pronouncing certain words can be difficult with removable dentures, dental implants allow patients to speak naturally, says the AAID. Eating with implants also feels more natural than eating with removable dental appliances. A benefit to pulling and replacing an unhealthy tooth with an implant is that there is no chance of the implant getting cavities, although it is still important to have the tooth cleaned at the dentist's office on a regular basis.