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Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants
When it comes to having a tooth or teeth replaced, the question often comes up as to whether dental implants or a dental bridge is the best option. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to understand what they both are—as well as why you may want one or the other—in order to make an informed decision when you visit your dentist with a
gap in your teeth.
Why Would I Need an Implant or Bridge?
The first question you may have is why an implant or bridge is necessary in the first place. The reason for either of these tooth replacement options is to fill the gap that is left when a tooth or teeth are removed, broken, knocked out or fall out. Having a gap between your teeth can lead to a host of different oral health issues, including: crowding, infections, damage to the jaw and more. Because of this, you’ll want an implant or bridge to fill the gap.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that involves a titanium rod being installed into the jawbone to hold an abutment that connects the rod to a false tooth (crown).
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an appliance that involves a pontic (false tooth or teeth) being held in place by abutments (crowns) that are attached to healthy teeth. These teeth are reshaped to properly hold the pontic in place.
The Advantages of Implants
One of the main benefits of implants is their durability. Actually, implants can last decades if properly cared for! On top of that, dental implants are often stronger, and allow for better function and a stronger bite. Implants will also help to prevent the loss of bone in the jaw. Implants also do not require any reshaping of healthy teeth—leaving your remaining teeth fully intact.
The Advantages of Bridges
Dental bridges help to keep surrounding teeth from migrating, and provide the cosmetic benefit of completing your smile. They also help to prevent infections or decay that may occur as a result of tooth migration. Although bridges aren’t as durable or strong as implants, they can still help to improve your bite, and help with functionality.
Which Is Right for You?
Whether a bridge or implants are right for you comes down to a few different factors. One of the main factors is which of the two your jawbone can handle. If your jawbone has experienced bone loss or is weakened, implants may not be an option. If this is the case, the next best option is a dental bridge. Upfront cost may also be an issue. While dental bridges cost less upfront, it should be taken into consideration that they will likely need to be replaced more often. Speak with your dentist about which option is better to fill the gap in your teeth.
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