Dental Bridges or Dental Implants? Which Treatment Is Right For Me?
With a greater emphasis on patient education, advancements in digital dentistry and restorative efforts, teeth replacement has come a long way in the last 30 years. Even so, many patients continue to have questions regarding which teeth replacement option is best for them. Colgate reports that one of the most commonly asked questions is, “What’s the difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant? Which treatment is right for me?” The truth is—there are reasons for both, and teeth replacement depends on a number of factors.
Most individuals understand that dental bridges have been around longer than dental implants, and for many years, a bridge was the only option for replacing missing teeth. Today, dental bridges remain a strong choice for teeth replacement if adjacent teeth have large fillings, or if a dentist suspects that neighboring teeth will need a crown restoration somewhere down the line. In turn, a bridge usually makes more sense when teeth have been missing for a long time, resulting in bone loss and gum recession. Even so, good oral care can be challenging with a dental bridge, and this is simply due to their design. In other words, flossing with a dental bridge requires careful attention and technique to effectively clean around (and under) the false tooth.
By contrast, a dental implant is used to replace one missing tooth at a time, and doesn’t require being connected to crowned teeth. It is also a stronger, more permanent solution. Additionally, a dental implant is resistant to decay and gum infection. This is because the entire root of the tooth is replaced, while a dental bridge “rests” on remaining natural tooth material. Finally, in regards to aesthetic appeal, a dental implant typically provides a more pleasing result, given that the final restoration is made to look just like natural tooth enamel.
Given the above discussion, it’s clear that dental implants are a more modern, sophisticated solution for replacing missing teeth. Yet, they are not the right choice for every situation. With flexible, natural-looking materials and a more comfortable fit, dental bridges continue to restore the smiles of many.
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As a comprehensive, top patient rated dentist for 2017 and 2018, Lawrenceville Family Dental Care is committed to providing individualized care that is specific to our patients’ needs and goals. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you can rest assured—Dr. Patel and the team will help you make an informed decision that fits your lifestyle and budget. Call today to schedule your consultation.
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