Implants vs Bridges
Losing a tooth is very common, and it can affect anyone regardless of age. Missing teeth, when left without a solution, can cause problems like difficulty chewing, bone loss, facial sagging, and gum disease. Getting a replacement for them is essential to keep the teeth aligned correctly and to avoid possible dental issues.
The two most common teeth replacement options are dental implants and bridges. Though these two are both made to replace missing teeth, they are very different from each other. Our team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates is here to help you decide which is the best replacement for your missing teeth.
Dental implants are tooth root replacements made of titanium metal that are surgically inserted into the jawbone under the gums. An artificial tooth that functions and looks just like natural teeth is placed on top of it. Implants are not just for appearance, they can also help prevent the bone loss that can be caused by missing teeth. The implant that is embedded in the jawbone can help in the stimulation of the bone preventing it from deteriorating over time.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is made of artificial teeth that are positioned between two healthy teeth. A crown is placed on top of each side tooth that anchors the artificial tooth in the middle. These teeth are called "pontics" and are usually made of porcelain. They are designed to blend in and match the color of your natural teeth.
Differences Between Implants and Bridges
Implants can take the same pressure as natural teeth because they are embedded into the jaw. Unlike implants, a bridge uses the surrounding teeth as a support and is not placed in the jaw. Bridges lose their natural appearance over time, while implants retain them longer.
Dental bridges do not require bone grafting or surgery and can be completed in just two visits. The same thing can not be said of implants, as they require at least three to 10 visits depending on the case of the patient. Lastly, dental bridges are less expensive than dental implants.
The longevity of these restoration procedures is quite far from each other. Dental implants are not designed to just wear out after a few years of usage. With proper care, these implants could last for a lifetime. They are a permanent solution for missing teeth. On the other hand, bridges are not permanent. They are temporary and can last from five to 10 years. A dental bridge can last more than 10 years with regular cleaning and good oral hygiene. Their lifespan depends on how well they are maintained.
Implants and bridges are the two most common replacements for missing teeth. Both are designed to bring back your teeth's natural appearance and chewing power. Despite having the same purpose of restoring a healthy smile, they do differ from each other. To learn more about which teeth replacement is the best for you, visit us at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, or give us a call at 214-363-9946 today.