Dental bridges and dental implants are both tooth replacement options for patients who are missing teeth. They are similar in that they both provide artificial replacements for damaged or missing teeth, but they do have some differences.
Dental Bridges are artificial teeth replacements (called pontics) that are used when the patient has lost one or just a few teeth. The bridge is supported by the surrounding teeth (called abutments). The abutments are generally made of porcelain, so they closely match the color of your remaining natural teeth.
Dental bridges are used to:
When a person loses a tooth, there is an opening left behind. This gap can cause many problems such as an increased risk of gum disease, tooth decay to surrounding teeth, shifting of the remaining teeth, and bone deterioration. A dental bridge helps close the gap by replacing the missing tooth with a prosthetic replacement. It connects to the adjacent teeth for support and stability.
Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. After healing, these metal posts hold artificial teeth in place. Dental implants are a popular choice among patients since they naturally mimic the look and function of a real tooth.
Dental implants are used to:
Dental implants work by inserting titanium screws into the jawbone which serve as artifical tooth roots and act as anchors for artificial teeth. Placing the screws is the first step in the implant process, and they will need time to heal before the crowns can be placed.
After the bone heals and the implants fuse to the jaw, the dentist will use a connector to place artificial teeth that replace your natural teeth.
If you need a solution to missing teeth and are considering getting dental bridges or implants, knowing what each option can offer and how they work is essential. The following information will help you make an informed decision regarding which one is right for you.
Since the procedure for placing dental implants is more invasive than that of crowns (and usually requires multiple appointments), dental implants are more expensive than crowns. Dental insurance may cover part of all or both of these restorative treatments, but you should check with your insurance provider first.
Both bridges and implants last for years, but dental implants are much stronger than dental bridges, and will last much longer than bridges. Bridges may need to be replaced every 5-10 years, while implants can last up to 20 years.
Some patients may prefer dental bridges because they don’t require surgery, whereas implants need to be surgically implanted. If you are a candidate for dental bridges, you may choose this route in order to avoid an invasive surgery.
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