Dental bridges and dental implants are both natural looking options for replacing multiple teeth. However, each has its pros and cons. Here our Surrey dentist explains more about dental bridges and implants.
When it comes to restoring the function and appearance of your smile, dental bridges and dental implants are both great options to consider.
While each of these options is a natural looking way to replace missing teeth, they also come with their own pros and cons.
Dental implants are tiny titanium rods that are permanently implanted into the jawbone where the natural tooth's root would have been.
Implants take some time to heal once they have been surgically placed, but once healed the implant can be capped with a crown colour-matched to your natural teeth.
Dental implants look great and function very much like natural teeth do.
Dental implants can last upward of 25 years with proper care, and in some cases they can even last a lifetime!
That said, the dental implant process can be long, possibly taking weeks or even months to complete.
If your jawbone is too thin or soft to support dental implants, you will require a bone graft before implants can be placed. Bone grafts can take several weeks or months to heal in order to be strong enough support dental implants.
Dental bridges are fixed dental restorations, that aren't completely permanent.
A dental bridge can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth by attaching artificial teeth to adjacent teeth (or to dental implants) on either side of the gap. The artificial teeth create a 'bridge' that fill the gap left by missing teeth.
If you have a number of missing teeth, and have experienced deterioration in the jaw bones and gums since the natural teeth were lost a dental bridge can be an ideal tooth replacement option.
To place a dental bridge, no additional bone or gum grafting surgeries will be required.
To replace missing teeth, getting a dental bridge is a much less invasive process than having dental implants placed.
Nonetheless, the teeth adjacent to where the bridge will be placed must be prepared by removing a large proportion of the enamel. This process may cause the supporting teeth to be more susceptible to tooth decay.
It's also important to note that dental bridges are not as durable as dental implants. A dental bridge will need to be replaced over time, but with proper care they will last for many years.