If you have missing teeth and are curious about what dental solution is best for you, you may want to look into dental implants and dental bridges. Both are great options for different reasons and they each have their pros and cons. We’re ready to help you find the best choice for you.
A dental implant is a metal post that is screwed through the gum cavity and into the bone. Dental implants act as permanent replacements for missing or extracted teeth. Over the course of a few months, a post will be surgically implanted, the bone will grow around the implant, and once healed a crown will be screwed on top.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and offer a promotion of bone structure healing and a reduction of risks associated with the jaw. However, dental implants are often a costly solution and can cost several thousand dollars for just one implant. This means that in the case of multiple teeth needing to be replaced, dental implants could cost a small fortune. In the case of a large number of teeth needing to be replaced, your dentist might recommend a dental bridge. In addition to this, dental implants require several months to install, while dental bridges normally only take a few weeks.
A dental bridge attaches to the remaining healthy teeth in the mouth in order to create a bridge over a gap where there was once a tooth. In many cases, the remaining healthy teeth are shaved down in order for the new caps to fit properly. Then, the is a cap or caps in between that act to replace the missing tooth. In some cases, there are not teeth on both sides of the missing tooth and then a cantilevered bridge is used. A cantilevered bridge utilizes only one neighboring tooth to create the bridge.
Dental bridges are a cost-effective means of toot replacement that doesn’t require bone grafting in the case of bone loss. Dental bridges are very effective and are a quick solution to missing teeth. However, dental bridges put a lot of strain on the healthy teeth that they are attached to. Dental bridges also do not help in treating underlying bone structure issues. So, bone deterioration will continue even after the gap has been filled. Additionally, dental bridges are rarely a permanent fix because of the strain that they put on healthy teeth.
Those who have lost most, or all, of their teeth will most likely be good candidates for a combination of dental implants and dental bridges. In this case dental implants would be installed to allow for the addition of dental bridges.