When a single tooth is missing the two most common treatment options are:
1. A traditional tooth-supported bridge (Three-Unit Bridge)
2. An implant-supported crown
When a tooth-supported bridge is used to replace one missing tooth, the adjacent teeth are cut down or ground down into peg shapes so the bridge has a support system. This process unfortunately destroys natural enamel and tooth structure but must be done in order to fit the new cemented bridge in place. Even though a Three-Unit tooth-supported bridge can be functional for many years, the compromised teeth (the healthy teeth cut down to support the bridge) frequently develop decay, suffer periodontal bone loss or need root-canal treatment. This often leads to future problems that will be more expensive and complicated to treat later. So even though the immediate problem of a missing tooth is remedied with a tooth-supported bridge, future problems with adjacent teeth are created.
An Implant-Supported Crown is far superior to a traditional tooth-supported dental bridge:
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