Which are Better – Dental Implants or Bridges?
Dental techniques and technology has advanced significantly in the past few decades, giving dentists near you more options for addressing problems like tooth loss. If you have lost one or more teeth, you can choose from a dental bridge, dental implant, or even natural-looking dentures to restore function and smile.
Which is the Right Solution for You?
Each of the solutions have pros and cons and may work for different situations. Price may be a major issue, or comfort or longevity. You’ll want to discuss all the options with one of our local dentists to find the solution that fits your unique needs including your goals for a better smile and your bank account. Don’t forget that sometimes your health plan will cover some of the costs of this treatment. Check with our front office to see what would be covered.
An implant is an artificial tooth root that’s placed surgically placed in your jaw bone and then left to heal. As the implant heals, gains strength and stability, it provides a stable base for the restoration, which is normally a porcelain crown.
Many consider dental implants to be the healthiest restoration solution because the artificial root helps to prevent deterioration of the jaw bone in your jaw. When you lose a tooth, there is always a risk of jaw bone loss, so this solution will certainly address that risk.
Fixed Dental Bridges
A bridge is a dental prosthetic that is placed in the space where a tooth used to exist. It’s supported between two teeth. It’s usually made of three pieces: a pontic, which is an artificial tooth that sits in the space, along with two crowns on either side that are used to anchor the pontic on either side.
When you have a bridge, we’ll have to alter the structure of both anchor teeth to accommodate the crowns. Now you have essentially a 3 tooth solution to replace one missing tooth. Bridges tend to be more affordable and are a popular choice for those dealing with tooth loss.
Make an Informed Decision for Your Replacement Tooth
When you’re ready to sit down and discuss your options to replace a missing tooth, and are not sure if a bridge or implant is the best choice, call one of our helpful staff and set up an appointment to meet with one of our tooth replacement dentists. We will be happy to explain the pros and cons of each so you can make a confident and informed decision about your treatment.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.