If you are young, an implant is a plus because it doesn't touch an adjacent tooth. If you were older, and had sound adjacent teeth, a bridge may last as long as needed. The cost of an implant will be returned in spades for people that plan to live more than 15 years.
Additionally, when a bridge is replaced, there is a percentage of abutment teeth that are lost...I have been told in courses that it is up to 25% of abutment teeth are lost at time of the second bridge.
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My wife, mom, brother-in-laws-2 all have implants
I'm 36 years old, but I already have the bridges in place. Had them put in when I was 16. The problem is over the past 6 or 7 years they have been falling out and I have to get them re-affixed. They are Maryland Bridges, so aesthetically I like the way they look because they don't mess with my gumline like the crown kind would. The fake teeth are my canines, so crowns would affect my smile.
If I replace with implants, do they affect the abatement teeth at all? How are the abatement teeth repaired after the bridge is removed?
I'm hesitant because if the answer is crowns for the abatement teeth than that could make it look bad, when right now it looks good. (I've seen people with front teeth crowns that don't look natural.)