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I have one tooth missing.  What is the best long-term option if finances permit?

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Asked on 13/12/2005 12:00 am
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If money isn't a question and you have enough bone, have an implant.  If you compare a 3 unit bridge to an implant, you have 3 times the number of crowns (3x).  To have an implant, you have the cost of the implant plus 1 crown (1x).  You are dividing your risk potential by 3.  An implant has a 93% and above success rate.


Another alternative for a single tooth replacement would be a Maryland Bridge, which is non-invasive but does tend to come off quite a lot.  With any bridge, the ridge of bone around the extraction site, will not be stimulated and will still continue to resorb and, long-term, you will develop a gap under the floating tooth.  The other alternatives are partial dentures and a bridge (see dentures).    

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Answered on 13/12/2005 12:00 am