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Dental Implants vs Bridges

3D rendering of a dental implant.Dentists worldwide have been using dental implants as a successful tooth replacement option for over 50 years. However, the prevalence and accessibility of this technique are still limited due to its high cost and length of treatment.

As a far more affordable alternative, many people prefer to choose dental bridges. However, there are many similarities and differences between the two popular teeth replacement options.

What Is Better a Bridge or Implant?

Both treatment procedures have their own advantages or drawbacks.
If we consider the type of teeth replacement technique, then dental implants offer a more stable and comfortable replacement option.

Dental bridges are used to fill a gap made by several missing teeth. The anchor teeth are placed on top of adjacent healthy teeth after they are ground and reduced to make space for the dental bridge.

This type of tooth damage is not involved in a dental implant procedure. The implant body is drilled inside the jawbone, and a dental crown and abutment are attached on top. In this way, the adjacent teeth are supported and not damaged in order to accommodate the artificial tooth.

In terms of appearance, both dental implants and bridges are hard to differentiate from surrounding natural teeth. Both teeth replacement techniques allow the artificial teeth to blend in with their surroundings.

However, when a person is chewing or speaking, dental implants offer greater comfort and functionality as they will never slide or shift from their place.

What Is the Advantage of a Bridge Over an Implant?

The dental implant body is inserted deep within the jawbone, so it is not visible when the gum flaps, and an artificial crown is placed on top of it. The same is not the case with dental bridges.

Dental implants will also last a lifetime if a person takes care of their cleaning with good dental hygiene practices. Dental implants make it easier to clean the replacement teeth with regular brushing and flossing.

Dental bridges do not replace the roots of a missing tooth. In this way, they cannot prevent the atrophy of bone. When the jawbone gradually deteriorates, the dental bridge will eventually require relining and repair. This maintenance need also occurs due to the fact that the adjacent teeth were filed away to make space for the dental bridge.

Disadvantages of Dental Implants

There are some risks and common problems with getting dental implants, such as:
•  Dental implants are more costly than bridges or dentures.
•  The surgical procedure requires a long time for the jawbone to heal and fuse with the dental implant.
•  Some rare but possible complications can include nerve damage, brushing of jaw and gums, and infection at the implant site.
•  Some people may show allergic reactions to dental implants.
•  Dental implant procedure may also lead to swelling and infection due to failed osseointegration.

Can call us at 425-868-0123 to schedule an appointment and determine which option might be the best for you.
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