If you’re missing a tooth, a bridge or implant could give you back a functional and beautiful smile. You may be confused, however, about which one to get.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A bridge is a restoration that spans a gap between teeth. The bridge caps the neighboring teeth with dental crowns and suspends a false tooth over the empty space. Bridges are most often made from porcelain for a natural look and feel.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are tiny metal screws the dentist places into the jaw bone. These artificial tooth roots support a dental crown as the tooth replacement. Implants don’t require capping the neighbor teeth since they function independently.
Differences Between Bridges and Implants
Dental bridges can be completed in just a couple of appointments. Getting a bridge is not an surgical procedure, so it’s usually safe for everyone. Once you get a bridge, it will stay with you for several years until it needs to be replaced.
Implants require more work and planning than bridges. Because getting an implant is a minor surgical procedure, your oral and general health have to be in good shape before you can qualify for the treatment.
The advantages implants have over bridges is that they are permanent and don’t require reshaping any healthy neighboring teeth.
If, however, you have other teeth around the empty gap that are in need of crowns or fillings, then you may be better off getting a bridge. In this case, a bridge can serve the dual purpose of filling in a gap and restoring other decayed teeth.
Contact a general dentist to find out which restoration is right for you.
Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
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