If you’re got extensive tooth decay or you need to replace a tooth then you might be considering some restorative work.
A bridge solves the problem of missing teeth by covering the area where the tooth once was with a dental crown which is attached to the adjoining teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap are ground down and a crown placed over them both.
Then, as the name suggests, a bridge is formed across the gap and between the two teeth, to secure an additional crown in the space where the missing tooth once existed. The bridge and the crowns are secured permanently in the mouth but do not serve as a permanent solution to the problem.
The dental implant procedure involves placing a titanium screw directly into the jaw bone which serves as an artificial tooth root. The bone actually grows and fuses to this “root” forming a stable and secure anchor for an artificial tooth. Once the healing has taken place an abutment is attached to the titanium screw and a crown placed on top of this.
If you’re trying to make up your mind which is best for you, here’s a few things to consider:
Look and feel
The best dental implants are matched to your natural teeth so well that it is impossible to tell which are real teeth and which are false. They also function and feel just like your real teeth. Most bridges will also look natural since they too hold a crown but over time they can become uncomfortable since all three teeth are connected together and operate as one unit.
Cleaning and maintenance
Your dental implants dentist will tell you that cleaning and caring for your implant is on a par with your natural teeth and provided you brush and floss properly there shouldn’t be a problem.
Bridges on the other hand are notoriously difficult to keep clean especially getting under and around them, and in time, many patients find they have problems with cleanliness.
Once implants are in place they are a permanent solution and have also caused the bone to regenerate. Bridges are not a permanent fixture and problems can still arise with the surrounding teeth which may necessitate the bridge being removed.
Duration of procedure
Although it seems a much longer time for a dental implant procedure (anything up to 12 months) much of this time is spend waiting for healing processes. In actual fact the procedure time of the actual implant itself isn’t much different to that of having a bridge fitted.
The cost of implants is almost thirty percent greater than that for a bridge but over time they can work out cheaper since they don’t need replacing and there are few problems, if any, with bones or gums.
Dental implants surgery, solve the problem of a missing tooth or teeth with a more permanent solution. So, there you have it, the differences between bridges and implants. So which will you choose?