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 stronger than your natural teeth.

What Is A 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 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), is a more complex procedure, and also requires multiple dental visits.

For our patients, we offer sedation options and 3D imaging for dental implants in order to offer a high level of precision and comfort.

With both the dental implant procedure and the bridge procedure, we do offer sedation dentistry (nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation).

The decision of whether to go forward with a dental implant or bridge is an individual one. In a free dental consultation (which includes 3D dental imaging), 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 insurance coverage.

Please contact our office if you have any questions and/or would like to schedule an appointment.  New to the area?  Welcome!  We can assist you with transferring your records too.  Call us at (303) 323-8149, or e-mail

Please make note: Meadows Dental is in Lone Tree, Colorado, near Quebec and C-470. We’re close to Highlands Ranch, Centennial, Littleton, Englewood, and Denver.