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Dental Implants vs Bridges: Which Is Right For You?

20/01/2023

Tooth loss is more common that you may think and it is very important that missing teeth are replaced to prevent the surrounding teeth shifting out of place and causing further dental issues. The two most common treatments to replace missing teeth are dental bridges and dental implants.

Dental implants are titanium ‘screws’ that are inserted into the jaw bone to support dental crowns which act as your teeth.

Dental bridges are false teeth (usually between 1-4 teeth on one bridge) held in place by the teeth surrounding the site of the missing teeth. A dental bridge is usually made of metal and plastic or porcelain to help resemble a natural tooth colour.

Dental Implants vs Bridges: The Pros & Cons

Dental Implant Pros

  • Can last a lifetime if cared for properly
  • Look completely natural
  • Implants act like real teeth and just need brushing/flossing
  • Prevent further bone loss
  • Help rebuild facial structure
  • No limit to what foods you can eat

Dental Bridges Pros

  • May be covered by your health insurance
  • No bone grafting or invasive surgery required
  • Lower costs involved than with dental implants
  • Treatment can be completed over 2 visits

Dental Implant Cons

  • High upfront costs
  • Can take up to 6 months for treatment to be complete
  • Surgical complications can occur in few cases

Dental Bridges Cons

  • Have to be replaced every 5 years
  • The teeth age over time and lose their natural appearance
  • Cavities and tooth decay in the surrounding teeth is more likely due to the fixtures
  • Can cause damage to surrounding teeth

It is important to discuss your options with a dental professional who knows your medical history, as dental implants may not be suitable for some patients with poor overall health or conditions such as diabetes.

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