Dr. Katz was just trying to help out. He is right, I am in a completely opposite time zone. To his credit, he did NOT directly answer your question, he first asked if it was OK if he answered it. There have been several times when i have taken his questions as well. We have an excellent understanding and there are no problems between us.
Anyways, now coming to your question: Bridge or Implant?
Right now, implants are the best possible replacements for missing teeth for the following two primary reasons :
1. The adjacent teeth are completely spared, they dont even have to be touched by the dentist.
2. The implant gradually osseointegrates with the jaw bone, which leads to a unique feeling of it being a natural tooth. The proprioception that an implant supported crown provides is unmatched. As opposed to this, with a bridge, the adjacent two teeth have to be involved as well, which is entirely unnecessary.
Ultimately, this decision often rests on the budget the patient has in mind. A simple implant can be twice as expensive as a PFM bridge.
Bot***** *****ne: There is no pressure on you to go for an implant. A bridge would do just fine. It would be less expensive as well.
Hope this answers your question. Feel free to contact me again for more information. Please leave a positive rating for me if this answer has helped you. I do not get credit for it otherwise.
Good Luck !