Losing teeth can have a significant impact on your patient’s smile and create functional issues with chewing properly. This dental problem may take a physical and emotional toll on a patient and should be considered when discussing treatment options.
Over the past 40 years, the dental implant procedure has been evolving as an excellent option to replace a missing tooth. However, dental bridges have continued to be the standard procedure used in these situations.
When patients are faced with the option to receive either a dental implant or bridge, they may ask about the benefits and drawbacks of each procedure. The following information can help support your discussions with patients who may be candidates for these treatment options, and which meets their needs best.
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Dental implants have become a very common solution for missing teeth, but patients should be made aware of maintaining a natural tooth through traditional root canal therapy, if appropriate.
The economic impact of multiple required implants to replace many teeth is something that should be considered and discussed with patients. It’s important to review all options and work with your patient to determine the best pathway for their condition, lifestyle and economic ability.