Tooth Replacement Options: Dental Bridge Vs Implant
If you have lost or missing teeth you will probably want to know more about dental bridge vs implant and how each course of treatment can benefit you. Implants and dental bridges are the go-to solution for the replacement of missing teeth and our friendly team at Dental Cranbourne would be more than happy to talk you through the pros and cons of each option. Let’s take a look at some of the scenarios that could inform which is best for you.
Dental bridge vs implant: how do they square up against each other?
Let’s take a closer look at the factors you might consider when choosing a treatment option:
The affordability of replacing missing teeth
Cost is a crucial factor in making a decision. Today a dental implant is probably favoured more by dentists around the world because of its permanence, but not everyone can afford the technology. Of course if you have two or three missing teeth the cost of dental implants will be proportionally higher.
The complexity of replacing missing teeth
Not every patient is a candidate for dental implants and for some this may not even be a viable option. Some patients may not have enough bone to support implants and may require other procedures like a bone graft or sinus lift before it can be performed. These additional procedures increase the overall cost of the implant. Some patients may not be eligible for bone grafting at all and may need to look at a dental bridge instead.
The urgency of replacing missing teeth
One of the biggest advantages a bridge has over implants is the time it takes for the procedure to be completed. A dental bridge can be completed in as few as two sessions, whereas an implant site can take considerably longer to heal. Implants may take three to six months before the newly implanted metal root can fuse to your natural bone.
There are cases where the implant can be positioned after a tooth has been extracted but most dentists will use a temporary restoration instead.
The beauty of aesthetics
When it comes to looks, dental implants and bridges compete more closely with one another. A well made ceramic bridge can look as good as dental implants and sometimes your dentist may want to recommend a porcelain bridge rather than an implant as he will be able to adopt a more customised approach to minimising the gaps between your teeth.
Protecting the other teeth in your mouth
When it comes to the effect of your tooth replacement solution on the other teeth in your mouth, dental implants do have the upper hand. Using dental implants maintains your natural teeth and ensures they do not need to be prepared for the procedure.
By comparison a dental bridge needs the surrounding teeth to act as its support structure. If the bridge does not fit your mouth properly, it may rub against your natural teeth and cause degradation.
Once the bridge has been completed your natural teeth will be underneath it, and your mouth may be more prone to gum disease and decay.
Maintaining your new smile
Dental implants are much simpler for you to manage because they need to be brushed and flossed the same way as your natural teeth. When you’ve had a bridge put in, at least three teeth will be connected to compensate for your missing teeth, maybe more. This makes it more challenging to brush and floss effectively, and you will need to take special care to ensure you do a good job.
How long will your new smile last?
Dental implants are usually expected to last a lifetime with good care because they are made out of titanium. A dental bridge is usually only expected to last for around 10 years.
Still need answers? Contact Supreme Dental Cranbourne today and let one of our friendly dentists guide you through this life-changing decision.