In the past few decades, the available procedures for replacing teeth have improved quite impressively. Missing or extracted teeth do cause concern for possible infections, but of course, the primary concern for most patients is receiving a nice, confident smile. However, there are a couple of questions that you need to ask your dentist, such as; what’s the difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant? And which treatment option is right for me?
While this article can’t determine which treatment option is best for you individually, we can explain the difference between the two. Continue reading, and we’ll not only help you understand the options, but we’ll also tell you where to get professional and caring treatment with just a single call.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
For dental bridges, the adjacent teeth are “prepped” by removing most of their enamel. With dental implants, the dentist just replaces the individual tooth. Implants are generally stronger, but if the neighboring teeth have large fillings or are going to need crowns or caps in the future, a bridge may be your best option.
You may also require additional procedures before receiving an implant if the gums and/or bone have receded due to the length of time since losing the tooth/teeth. Of course, your dentist will be the best source to determine which is the best solution for your specific situation and needs.
As for durability, dental implants provide protection that lasts a lifetime while the average life of a dental bridge is about 10 years. Dental implants are typically made of titanium which naturally fuses with your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. Since the implant is made of such a sturdy metal, they are very resistant to decay and gum problems. With dental bridges, a portion of your natural tooth remains beneath the bridge, and normal wear can cause the bridge to fail over time, and the remaining tooth structure continues to be susceptible to gum disease and decay.
Oral care is also much easier with a dental implant. Bridges are fixed in the mouth and generally involve at least three crowns that are connected together to fill the space of the missing tooth. This often creates challenges when brushing and flossing as an additional step is needed to thread the floss under the false tooth and thoroughly cleaning the crowns. However, since implants replace individual teeth without affecting those around it, you can just brush and floss just like you’ve always done.
And just as we mentioned that the available procedures for replacing teeth have improved dramatically over the past few years, so has the process for gaining an impression of your teeth. With our ITERO digital imaging scanner, gone are the days of that gooey material you had to bite down on for an impression to be made. With the old way, it was messy, sticky and caused many people to gag, resulting in inaccurate impressions or even making the individual unable to go through with the impression at all.
The ITERO Digital Scanner eliminates the trays and putty and uses a camera to take numerous pictures and a digital scan of the teeth to create a complete picture of your entire mouth. The process only takes a few short minutes, and you usually get to view a digital picture of your teeth immediately.
What Should You Choose?
While the final choice should be made once you consult with a professional dentist. Your dentist will know your mouth best and has the knowledge and tools to guide you through what the best solution is. While the cost of a dental bridge is initially less, it may need to be replaced in the future and end up costing much more than you expected. Implants may seem more expensive at first glance, but it can be the more cost-effective choice in the long run. In recent years dental implants have become more commonplace and in most cases are the preferred treatment.
Contact Us for a Consultation
At All Smiles By Design, we keep our fees competitive, offer affordable financing and make it easy to pay by accepting most major insurance as well as all major credit cards. When you receive oral care with us, you can enjoy your favorite DVD, listen to your favorite music through stereo headphones or play games while wearing virtual-reality glasses while we take care of your teeth. And when you’re done, you’ll enjoy the healthy, beautiful smile that All Smiles is famous for.
We have morning, evening, and Saturday appointments available and our friendly and caring staff will do everything possible to ensure your experience is as pleasant as possible. Stop hiding it, give us a call and let us give you back your smile.