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Which Is Better: A Dental Bridge or a Dental Implant?

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
illustration of a bridge hovering above a model of a jaw with missing teethWhen filling in the gaps left by missing teeth, you have got choices. Dental implants and dental bridges are two popular solutions. The real puzzle is figuring out which option best fits your needs.

A Dental Implant

A dental implant is engineered with a long-lasting material known as titanium. The material is the most preferred as it can integrate seamlessly with your jawbone. We surgically place the implant on your jawbone; the post embeds and sits well on your bone. The primary purpose of the implant is to act as the roots of a crown or other artificial teeth. Later, after the healing process is complete, we can attach your preferred artificial teeth.

A Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is relatively different compared to an implant. It does not replace the roots of your teeth. A bridge uses the surrounding remaining teeth for support to adequately close the gap left behind by lost teeth. Ideally, a bridge consists of one or multiple artificial teeth, referred to red as pontics, anchored in position by the surrounding teeth.

Which Is Right for You?

Dental implants and bridges are ideal options for replacing your missing teeth. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Bridges have advantages such as preventing the surrounding teeth from shifting, being minimally invasive, and restoring oral functions. However, these solutions are short-lasting and have higher incidents of tooth decay and cavities. On the other hand, dental implants offer a more natural appearance; they are durable, not prone to cavities, and ensure your neighboring teeth do not shift. The drawbacks of implants are their high installation cost and the requirement for an invasive installation process.

When selecting between a dental implant and a bridge, you must consider many factors. You can check the costs, convenience, and durability of each method. If you are torn between these tooth replacement options, contact us for professional guidance.

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