Dental Implants vs Bridges
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If you’re missing one or more teeth, there are several different approaches for restoring your smile. While some people elect to have dentures, the majority of people can choose between the options of a dental implant or a bridge.
What Is A Dental Implant
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s surgically embedded into your jaw. A replacement tooth (crown) is then placed on the top of this permanent fixture. The dental implant should be at least as strong or even stronger than your natural teeth.
What Is A Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is typically a three-tooth restoration. If you’re missing a tooth, we’ll create a bridge that’s made up of two crowns (on your existing teeth), with a “false” tooth in the middle. The bridge is permanently affixed and is not removable.
There are advantages and disadvantages to dental implants and dental bridges.
The primary advantage to the dental implant is that it only involves one tooth (the missing tooth), whereas with the bridge, three teeth are involved. And if the two teeth surrounding your missing tooth are healthy – with no fillings or crowns in them – then you’d be compromising them by placing the crowns on them that make up the two sides of the bridge.
On the other hand, the dental implant procedure often takes longer (typically up to six months), it is a more complex procedure, and also requires multiple dental visits.
The decision of whether to go forward with a dental implant or bridge is an individual one. In a free dental consultation (which includes X-rays), we can determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants and explain the process in detail, as well as the costs and potential dental insurance coverage.
If you have questions about dental implants, or would like to schedule your appointment, please call or send an e-mail to the sedation dentistry office near you: