If you are thinking of replacing missing teeth, which you definitely should, all dentists will urge the use of dental implants to do so. The reason isn’t just financial, as the dental implants are more expensive than any other tooth replacement method, but it is also what the Hippocratic Oath would dictate.
The reason is because dental implants are the only way to truly replace a tooth completely, including all of its anatomical parts and functions. The tooth roots are not replaced with dentures, traditional crowns or bridges. The problem with this is that not replacing a tooth root can and will lead to further tooth loss, as the alveolar ridge (a ridge of soft bone just beneath the gum line) will start to disintegrate and the teeth that are rooted in them will come loose. Dental implants are the only way to stop this from happening.
Dental implant supported bridges
Luckily, you do not need to replace every single missing tooth with a dental implant, otherwise the prices would sky rocket through the roof. An entire row of teeth can be replaced with just 4 or 6 dental implants, and bridges usually require far further dental implants than the number of teeth they are meant to replace. At least two will be needed though, to stabilise the dental bridge, and to make sure that it can fulfil the functions your original teeth did; namely, the extremely important functions of speech, eating and chewing.
The process for getting dental implant supported bridges is simple and straightforward. First, you will have to get dental implants and heal up after them, which takes around 3-4 months. Then, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and create the bridge needed, and will afterwards, in 5 business days, place them onto the dental implants. The entire process can be done in 3-4 visits, after all of the tooth roots are out.
The advantages of getting dental implant supported bridges are manifold. Aside from being the only way to stop tooth loss, dental implant supported bridges are also more stable, as they will definitely not come off of the dental implants, and will not fall out or come loose in any circumstances. They are also more comfortable and will not move around or have food trapped under them, and will not give you denture sores either. Since there are also removable dental implant supported dental bridges, you can even clean them and the area underneath them in the regular manner.