Another totally unnecessary "Should I for a bridge or implant?" question.
Hi, newbie here and I have given a look at previous thread before posting.
So, I am in my late 50s and I have a few dental problems, the most urgent is at my lower left molars. So basically one molar is completely gone but the bone and the roots are there and the adjacent molar is is till there but slowly falling apart and chipping. So my dentist has given me two options: bridge or two implants.
Pros of bridge: free, because I am on UC; it will be done by my dentist who has known me for years, not much preliminary work to do apart from taking the roots out.
Cons of bridge: adjacent intact molar would have to be shaved; dental bridges have a life and require maintenance, it is visible.
Pros of implant: it is more durable and stable than a bridge; doesn't require shaving of nearby teeth; better appearance.
Cons of implant: money, time and possible pain, plus I have heard horror stories of implants gone wrong.
I might have the money for the implants but this would have been my war chest for emergencies.
I literally don't know anybody who has gone for implants abroad. I also have massive mental heath problems and my decision making abilities are severely impaired at the moment.
I am more inclined towards the bridge, not only because of the money but also because it requires less stress.
Why should I not do a bridge? What are the long term implications of a bridge vs an implant? Thanks.
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