Dental Implants vs. Bridges

Dental_implantsFixed dental bridges and dental implants are two methods for solving problems that are caused when natural teeth are missing from a person’s mouth. Each type of restoration can be the right choice under certain conditions. However, these two solutions are not necessarily “equal” in the eyes of your dentist. Here is a brief list of the advantages and disadvantages for each procedure, which will demonstrate why dental implants are rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for replacing lost teeth. 

Bridges vs. Dental Implants: A Comparison

Bridges – Advantages

  • Bridges do not have to be removed like partial dentures – they stay in your mouth.
  • Bridges prevent the natural teeth surrounding the gap in your mouth from shifting position.
  • Bridges prevent the “caved in” look that happens when you are missing natural teeth, and improves your facial appearance. 

Bridges – Disadvantages

  • The construction of a dental bridge requires your dentist to damage potentially healthy teeth on either side of it.
  • Dental bridges are hard to clean under and around – a special flossing device is needed to do it properly.
  • Dental bridges cannot be put in place if there is not a strong supportive tooth on either side.
  • Dental bridges will eventually need to be replaced.

Dental Implants – Advantages

  • Dental implants can prevent the inevitable resorption of bone in your jaw that occurs when teeth are lost or removed.
  • Implants, because they are anchored to your jawbone like real teeth, feel comfortable and look completely natural.
  • Implants, like bridges, can prevent unwanted movement of your natural teeth and improve your facial appearance.
  • With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. 

Dental Implants – Disadvantages

  • Dental implants require a longer healing period, during which you will have to eat carefully and avoid hard-to-chew foods.
  • If you have already lost a great deal of bone in your jaw, bone augmentation maybe necessary for the implant surgery to be successful.
  • Dental implant surgery is more expensive than bridges, although if replacement costs for bridges are taken into account, not that much more so.

“Dental bridges played a crucial role in the history of tooth replacement, and they can still be the right treatment of choice,” says Phoenix cosmetic dentist Dr. Carol Ford. “But dental implants provide all the benefits that bridges can, plus they offer several very significant additional advantages.”

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Jeff Curtis says:

    Thanks for posting this comparison between dental implants and bridges. I have a few missing teeth, and I never really felt like bridges were going to be worth it. I don’t like the idea that bridges have to come out and back in all of the time. I haven’t really read much on dental implants, but they seem to be more permanent and comfortable. I think it would be cool to have an implant that you can treat like a normal tooth. Thanks for the help!

  2. Kayla Rogers says:

    This site so nicely maps out the differences between bridges and dental implants. I feel like I would be better off with implants. For one, I want them to last a lifetime, and since I am dedicated to proper care, I feel like I could definitely make this happen.

  3. Lillian Schaeffer says:

    Thanks for bringing to my attention that bridges don’t have to be removed like partial dentures. I have to have one of my teeth extracted, and I want to fill the gap for cosmetic reasons, but I’d rather have a cheaper procedure than an implant done. It would be nice to not have to take something out of my mouth, so perhaps a dental bridge would be a good option for me.

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