Dental Implants VS Bridge
Which is right for you?
To replace lost teeth you have the option of adding dental implants or a bridge. Before dental implants most people used a bridge to replace lost or missing teeth. These days it is easier to replace teeth with dental implants. Firstly, you need to file down adjacent teeth if you need a bridge whereas with dental implants you dont need to do that. The cost of dental implants are more expensive in the short term but in the long term it works out cheaper. So depending on your budget it might be more viable in the short term to get some of your teeth done with dental implants and where there are a number of teeth on one side that needs to be filled then a bridge might be a better option in the short term.
Dental Implants are a better option if you have individual or missing teeth. If you have big gaps on either side then it might be better to add a dental bridge. A dental bridge might be a more destructive option if you dont have big fillings or eroded teeth as it will require you to place the crowns on already healthy teeth. In other words the adjacent teeth need to be prepped by removing most of the enamel in order to fabricate the bridge. The advantages and disadvantages of both procedures should be discussed with your dentist. As he will first need to analyse your teeth and then suggest a treatment option with you.
Your ability to keep your mouth clean will be better with a dental implant as you can brush and floss as normal with an implant as it acts as a natural tooth. Dental Bridges are a little more complicated as it is cemented or 'fixed in the mouth' which involves at least three crowns connected together to fill the space of the missing tooth. That design creates challenges so you will have to brush meticulously.
Dental Implants are more durable than bridges. Dental Implants can last a lifetime whereas dental bridges last over 10 years. With regards to the aesthetics we do have an inhouse lab that designs teeth according to your face shape and colour of your skin therefore perfecting your smile so both options can provide amazing aesthetics. You will need to speak to Dr Huson about the options as he has the knowledge and skill to analyse your teeth and to provide the best option to you.
Facts about dental implants seem to be more superior to bridges. However the best solution will depend on your dentist's analysis and the patients budget and time constraints.
When could a dental bridge be a more viable option?
- If you already have crowns on either side than adding a 3 unit bridge might be more viable as this would result in no surgery and all three teeth would match
- If neighbouring teeth have large fillings or structural damage then you will need crowns in the future so a dental bridge might be a better option in this case.
- If you have periodontal disease or a bone graft is not possible due to a defect than a bridge might be an option.