A dental bridge is the dental restoration that replaces a missing tooth with dental crowns on either side of the gap, supported by dental implants or natural teeth. A dental implant is placed into the jawbone to act as a root for the replacement tooth to secure onto.
Which one is right for you?
The answer depends largely on how and where your teeth are missing, but there are several other factors to consider in order to make an informed decision. These include:
The cost of dental bridges vs dental implants will vary from dentist to dentist depending upon geographic location, so be sure to do some research before choosing which type of restoration is best for you.
For those who have been declined traditional dental implant procedure financing due to dental health or dental credit, dental implants may be the best option since not all dental plans cover dental implants.
Consider how long a dental bridge would take and if you are willing to spend weeks missing teeth while your dentist places, shaves, and adjusts bridges until they’re perfect for you.
For many patients, the dental implant procedure can take place immediately following extraction of the tooth that will be replaced by the implant (at no additional cost). Dental bridges typically require multiple visits in order to achieve proper placement of each crown.
If you have bone loss due to periodontal disease or other dental disease then dental implants may be better because it’s a more stable restoration with supporting roots placed into the jawbone rather than dental crowns.
Some dental bridges are prone to chipping or breaking, which can be very costly to repair and inconvenience, but dental implants rarely break.
No patient likes a dental bridge that has shifted out of alignment. However this happens because the dental crowns were not properly placed on dental implants in the first place so the teeth shift after eating, talking, brushing etc.
Over time they might come back into place naturally but this is still an uncomfortable process for patients and a big reason why many dental implants fail over time when poorly placed dental bridges fail.
Additionally if you have dental implants then your bite is stable from day one as it has been built around an actual root structure (dental implant ), dental bridges that are not placed properly will shift causing discomfort and biting issues which dental implants don’t have.
With dental implants your smile is immediately restored to its natural state and the color match is perfect in most cases, with dental bridges a small part of it is still missing. Patients can also talk without restriction (even with dental braces) whereas dental bridge patients cannot or will struggle to speak clearly.
The overall look of dental implants gives you confidence as well. Dental implant restoration has become so exceptional that patients often prefer dental implant restorations over real teeth because they look virtually identical to real teeth from all angles and even feel like real teeth when chewing or biting down on them!
Dental Implants are the superior choice in tooth replacement because they provide a permanent solution and look, feel, and function just as natural as your real teeth. Dental bridges can break or come out, causing embarrassment when talking or laughing.
Dentures can slip around in your mouth and make eating painful. If anything, dental Implants have been tested to show superior results over their other counterparts.