Dental bridge vs. an implant

Teeth replacements have come a long way in the last three decades. Any missing or extracted teeth raise common concerns of infection, but the proper replacement is the key to a great smile and restored confidence. But when it comes down to it; what’s the difference between a dental bridge vs. an implant? Most likely you’re asking because you want to know what treatment is right for you and your situation. Most often it’s the dental implant that is ideal, but numerous factors will need to be considered first, including if your tooth loss is recent or maybe happened years ago.

First off, there are practical reasons for both. Back then, a bridge was the only choice you had, and still involves more than just the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth needed to be prepped by removing most of the enamel in order to place and fit the bridge. However, with dental plants the dentist replaces just the individual tooth for a result that is stronger and permanent. Nonetheless, a dental bridge may be your better option if the neighboring teeth have large fillings and will be needing crowns or caps in the future. And if your tooth or teeth have been lost for quite a while, the gum and bone will have receded and procedures (bone graphing maybe) beyond the implant are required before the initial placement. The advantages and disadvantages to both procedures will ultimately need to be discussed with your dentist.

Dental implants are more durable than bridges, allowing them to provide better protection that can last a lifetime. The implant’s metal cylinder is usually made of titanium and fuses with your jawbone naturally through a process called osseointegration. Because it’s made of such a strong metal, they are extremely resistant to decay and gum problems that can occur. The average lifespan of a dental bridge, on the other hand, is approximately 10 years.