Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges

dental implants vs. dental bridges
Whether you have lost one or more of your permanent teeth, it's important to determine the best teeth replacement option for you. Tooth loss negatively impacts your gums, jawbone, and remaining teeth in various ways such as shifting your teeth, causing you to speak with difficulty, shifting your bite, and increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Not only do teeth replacement options resolve these problems, but they also give you back your confidence and provide an aesthetically pleasing smile!When deciding which option is best for you, it is important to weigh all of the cost and benefits for each option. In our guide below, two of the most common tooth replacement options are discussed: Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges. 

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth by actually bridging the gap between remaining permanent teeth. A bridge consists of one or more false teeth (pontics) attached to two anchoring crowns on each side. These crowns are called abutments and are attached to permanent teeth once they are shaved/filed down.
dental implants vs dental bridges
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  • Tested for over 60 years
  • Feel natural
  • Cost less and take less time initially
  • Straightforward procedure
  • Low risk
  • Generally have little post placement discomfort
  • Requires grinding down healthy teeth to place bridge
  • Often weakens remaining teeth
  • Increased risk of cavities and decay; much harder to clean
  • Average bridge lasts 5-7 years
  • Require more visits per year
  • Hidden decay can lead to root canals
  • 50% of bridges fail at 10 years due to re-decay
  • Must be replaced periodically
  • Will cost more time and money in the long run
  • Process is irreversible

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace the root of a missing tooth. They are made from titanium and fuse to the jawbone and support a crown. They do not require remaining healthy teeth to be filed down or shaved.
Dental Implants

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  • Preserve remaining bone and gums
  • Do not require grinding down healthy teeth
  • Do not decay
  • Do not require root canals
  • Feel like natural teeth
  • They are strong and can last a lifetime
  • Generally have little post placement discomfort
  • Over the long run, they will cost less and require less time
  • Brush and floss like normal teeth and easier to maintain
  • Best possible aesthetic solution
  • Require less visits per year
  • Initially may cost more, but in the long run cost less
  • Longer procedure at first
  • A small percentage fail

Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges, which are better?

Although dental bridges have been around longer, dental implants are a more efficient and longer lasting alternative to your natural tooth. However, replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth is a decision that should not be made on a whim.Ensure you weigh all the cost and benefits for each treatment option and choose what is best for your specific case. Remember, both options are a better alternative than simply living with tooth loss!Contact Dr. Steven Krakora today for more information on teeth replacement options. 

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