bone loss around front teeth bridge or implants?
Q. I have had been told by the Roayl School of Dentistry in Belfast that the bone supporting my two front teeth (both crowned due to injury as a child)is wasting away. I don\’t know where to go from here as I would like to have either a bridge or implants …. probably a bridge as it would be less expensive. Would this be feasible ??
A. Apologies for the late reply. The loss of bone around your two front teeth due to trauma as a child can have consequences on the possibilities of treatment. Your most likely options are ,as you say, are a bridge or implants. One of the other factors that need to be taken into consideration are the force on the proposed bridge/implants, the health of the adjacent teeth and the amount of bone loss that has occurred. AS a general guide when I have a patient who ha virgin teeth either side of a gap I urge them ( provided there is enough bone ) to opt for implants. However , if the adjacent teeth already have restorations then a bridge can be a good option. From a long term point of view the implant option has the higher success rate compared to bridges. Obviously cost is a factor but many practices have finance available to allow you to spread you the cost over a number of years.