Which Is Better: Dental Bridges or Dental Implants?

Which Is Better: Dental Bridges or Dental Implants?

A beautiful smile is nothing more than healthy and nicely aligned teeth. Unfortunately, losing teeth is not uncommon for adults all around the world. Front teeth play a huge role in a beautiful smile.

Accidents happen, and a tooth is knocked out, and before you know it, you need a front tooth implant to restore your smile. At times, accidents can be severe that you might need all on four implants to replace your four teeth.

Dental emergencies can get you asking yourself, “Is there a dentist near me?” But before panic kicks in, you need to know which options are right for you. When you have the correct information, it is easy for you to weigh the pros of tooth implants vs. bridges, and see which one suits your needs.

Dental Implants 101

Dental implants are suitable for instances where you have lost your teeth through periodontal diseases or injuries. The area underneath the tooth is more complex than what you might think. It consists of nerves, ligaments, and bones. When this structure is tampered with through either accidents or diseases, it begins to deteriorate.

This is where a dental implant comes in handy. A dental implant is made of titanium and is used as a replacement for the tooth root. This titanium metal post is surgically placed in your jawbone, where it osseointegrates (fusing with the bone) into the jawbone. This process takes up to 6 months for healing to take place. The purpose of osseointegration is to make sure that the implant is firmly anchored on your jawbone.

After the fusion takes place, an abutment is attached to the metal post. The abutment protrudes above the gum line to provide the surface on which the synthetic crown will be screwed into.

Types of Implants

There are two types of implants:

  • Subperiosteal implants – These implants are placed just below the gum tissue. Then a metal post will be set as your gums are healing. After the metal post is secured, the tooth will be attached to it.
  • Endosteal implants – These implants are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Then the jawbone is left to heal before the abutment is placed. After which the artificial tooth is screwed onto the abutment.

Pros

Here are some of the benefits of using dental implants:

  • Natural-looking – These implants function, look, and feel like your natural teeth.
  • Easy to maintain – the implants do not need special care for them to last a lifetime. Just take care of them as you would your natural teeth.
  • Shield your jawbone – Empty spaces where your teeth were, aids in deteriorating the jawbone — implants aid in stimulating bone growth.
  • They will not strain your natural teeth as bridges do because they have their support.

Cons

Now, let’s look at some of the drawbacks:

  • Time – the process of getting implants will take up to nine months because bones take longer to heal.
  • Surgery – the implants have to be surgically inserted into the jawbone. As you well know, there are always risks when surgeries are involved.
  • Cost – This depends on the implants you have chosen. Still, the cost is something to consider.

Dental Bridges 101

A dental bridge is a set of artificial teeth that are attached to your healthy teeth to bridge the gap between the missing teeth. The dental bridges are held in place by your natural healthy teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are three main types of dental bridges:

  • Maryland Bonded Bridges – They are resin-bonded bridges that are made up of porcelain bonded to metal. It can also be artificial teeth that are supported by a metal framework.
  • Cantilever Bridges – They are only used where there are teeth on either side of the gap. It cannot be used at the back of the mouth.
  • Traditional bridges – This commonly used bridges are made of ceramics bonded to metal.

Pros

The benefits of using bridges are:

  • Faster to fix – Because dental bridges are simple, they can be fixed in a matter of weeks as compared to implants.
  • Easy to fix – They do not need surgery to fix.
  • They are economical – It is much cheaper to get dental bridges than implants because bridges are easier to fix.

Cons

Here are some of the cons:

  • Not that good looking – They lack the aesthetic value that implants have since they do not mimic natural teeth as implants do.
  • They are not permanent – You have to change them after every seven years or so.
  • Damage teeth – Your natural teeth have to be disturbed because the bridges do not have their support.

Now that you have seen the significant differences between dental implants and bridges, you can make a decision based on your preferences. Either way, contact Moffitt Dental, and we can set you up according to your needs.

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