Missing teeth can create both cosmetic and oral health issues. Thankfully, if you’ve lost one or more teeth, there are many different treatment options available to you. Dental implants and bridges are two of the most widely-used options for replacing missing teeth. While both of these dental solutions can provide excellent results, understanding the differences between the two can help you select the best option for your needs.
Dental implants are permanent fixtures used to replace single teeth or attach a full-mouth denture. Implants support custom restorations with biocompatible, hospital-grade titanium.
In the months after the implant is put in place by your dentist, new bone will develop around the titanium post. This secures it and makes it possible for your dentist to place a crown on top of the implant, creating the look of a natural tooth. Additionally, implants spur physiological bone stimulation to stop bone loss after a tooth is lost or removed.
Bridges are used to replace multiple missing teeth next to each other. A dental bridge consists of one or more pontics, or replacement teeth, secured by the natural teeth on both sides of the gap (abutment teeth).
Bridges are one of the most affordable ways to replace missing teeth, and the process of securing a bridge is usually quicker than the process of placing a dental implant. However, while dental implants generally last indefinitely, bridges aren’t a lifetime solution to tooth loss. Additionally, unlike implants, bridges aren’t a solution for underlying bone loss due to missing teeth.
With implant-supported bridges, dental implants are used on either end of a bridge to anchor it in place. The number of implants required to support a dental bridge can vary depending on how many teeth you’re missing. This hybrid solution may work well for many patients with missing teeth.
If you have one or more missing teeth, contact Dental Implant Solutionz today. We’ll help you find the right restoration to fit your needs.