Dental Implants VS. Bridges
What is the best solution for the particular patient?
Depending on a patients budget, goals, lifestyle choices, and time restraints would determine what would be best for that case. I agree that Implants are the ideal solution to missing teeth as we are preventing future bone loss, allows patients to practice normal hygeine, have great success rates, and are supposed to last longer than bridges.
On the other hand, for example, if the patient is a smoker who does not plan on quiting, does not have the budget to have an implant placed, or cannot return to my clinic for the restoration of the implant, then a bridge would be a good alternative for that patient.