Dental bridges and dental implants are both great options your dentist can use to replace multiple missing teeth. Today, our Vancouver dentists discuss the compare dental bridges vs. dental implants to help you decide which may be the best treatment option.
If you’re thinking of getting tooth replacements for side-by-side teeth, a dental bridge or dental implant can help restore your smile’s appearance and function. That said, there are benefits and drawbacks to each option.
Dental Bridges — Pros & Cons
A dental bridge is a ‘bridge’ between artificial teeth and adjacent teeth (or dental implants) on either side of a gap. Whether you’re replacing a single tooth or numerous missing teeth, a dental bridge may be ideal for you.
- It’s faster and less invasive to have a dental bridge placed than to have a dental implant placed.
- No additional bone grafting or gum surgeries will be required for a dental bridge to be placed, even for patients who have experienced deterioration of the jawbone.
- A dental bridge tends to be less durable than a dental implant. If cared for appropriately, a dental bridge can be expected to last between 5 to 15 years.
- Teeth adjacent to a bridge may be more susceptible to tooth decay as your dentist must remove a large part of the enamel on supporting teeth to prepare them for the bridge.
Dental Implants — Pros & Cons
Replacing one or many missing teeth? Dental implants are a natural-looking, permanent solution Your dentist will implant a tiny titanium rod into the jawbone, replacing the roots of your natural tooth.
After your dentist has surgically placed your dental implant and the area has been given enough time to heal, a crown, bridge or denture will be colour matched to your natural teeth, then used to top the implant so it blends in perfectly.
- Dental implants work similar to real teeth and naturally complement your smile.
- When cared for properly, dental implants can last for 25 years or more.
- Your dental implant process may be long — it can take weeks or even months to complete.
- In some cases, you will first need to have a bone graft to strengthen the jawbone before dental implants can be placed.