It depends on your specific needs and goals. What is your budget? Are you concerned about the deterioration of periodontal bone tissue? What will your insurance cover? Are you willing to have oral surgery?
Dr. Burgdorf will discuss these concerns with you and help you determine the option that is right for you. He will also perform an examination to make sure that you are a candidate for a dental implant. If your bone tissue has started to deteriorate, it may not be able to support an implant. In this case, we can discuss options like bone grafting to build up your bone.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges in Bridgeton, MO
While bridges are sometimes cheaper than dental implants, they may not be as permanent of a solution. Implants are placed directly into the periodontal bone and can last a lifetime. Implants also don’t require any alteration of existing teeth whereas bridges will require crowns to be placed on the adjacent teeth to hold the restoration in place.
Another option that is more affordable when you are missing more than one tooth is an implant-retained bridge. In this case, the bridge is held in place with dental implants instead of crowns on other teeth.
Call our Bridgeton, MO dentist office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.