Don’t Bridge the Gap

When people lose teeth, it’s a traumatic experience. A bit of their body has just fallen off, or been forcibly extracted. It’s a big loss. Lose several teeth and disability starts to set in. Disability may seem like an exaggeration, but that’s probably only the case for people who still have all their own teeth. Losing all the teeth means not being able to bite or chew, and a whole range of foods being off limits, which can lead to malnutrition and associated diseases. Before that happens, people are often faced with having to replace a few adjacent teeth, and the choice between a fixed bridge or dental implants in Leeds, the latter of which has so many great benefits.

In Leeds, dental implants are available from increasing numbers of dentists, including Enhancedental, such has been their incredible rise in popularity over the last decade or so.

Why so popular?

The popularity of dental implants in Leeds is due to their unique capacity to replace the whole tooth, root and crown, thus restoring full biting and chewing functionality to the patient. Having the roots restored means a firmer chewing base. It also preserves the health of the jawbone, which starts to dissolve itself when there are no tooth roots in it. This happens pretty rapidly and leads to that sunken, pointy-chinned look associated with old age, but which is, in fact, entirely due to not having teeth and can happen at any age.

Advantages of implants over bridges

A single dental implant can support three adjacent crowns, which makes it a popular alternative to the fixed bridge. Of course, the bridge requires a smaller monetary investment, but it has its downsides. First and foremost, the fixed part of the bridge means damaging two perfectly good heathy teeth either side, which are ground down to become the buttress parts of the bridge, and can never be proper teeth again. Also, bridges fail and need to be replaced every several years. Dental implants very rarely fail and last for decades, often a lifetime. So, the large initial outlay becomes comparable to the cost of a bridge over the years.