Dental Implants vs Bridges – Which is Best For You?
Choosing between dental implants and bridges can be tough, especially since both serve as a tooth replacement option. Dental bridges are used to close the gap between one or more missing teeth and is supported by an implant or your natural teeth. An implant, on the other hand, is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jawbone.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing between dental implants and bridges:
Dental implant fixtures may last a lifetime if they are looked after properly and depending on what age you are when you get them. Implant crowns require maintenance and replacement of components from time to time, implant crowns are subject to natural wear and tear and may require replacement typically after ten to fifteen years, but this may be sooner in some circumstances. Bridges typically last seven to ten years depending on how well you take care of them and the health and strength of the supporting teeth.
If patience is not your strongest point then dental implants may not be for you. A dental bridge generally requires two or three visits to the dentist a few weeks apart while dental implant treatment plans take months to complete. Once an implant fixture is placed into your jaw bone it needs two to four months to integrate before it can be loaded with a crown.
3. The state of your bone in your jaw
For implants to work successfully they need to be anchored into healthy and sufficient bone mass. If you don’t have sufficient bone in the implant site it may be possible to graft bone to enhance the placement site but this requires additional surgery, expense and time for healing. Teeth supporting bridges also require healthy bone about them. Advanced gum disease which damages the bone around teeth may influence the decision to proceed with bridgework. Bridges should not be placed on very damaged and week teeth.
4. What does the problem entail?
When choosing a treatment option, we need to consider the number of missing teeth and the size of the gap this creates, the health of the remaining teeth and the quality and volume of bone that remains. Your dentist will also consider aesthetic requirements of the site and guide you with your choices to needs regarding the overall appearance you will be happy with. The appearance of the gum around an implant or bridge is an important consideration. An implant fixture once placed may be used to support a single crown, sometimes multiple teeth and dentures. Bridges and dentures may incorporate pink porcelain to replicate missing gum.
5. Your lifestyle
Both dental bridges and implants will make performing tasks like chewing and speaking easier and help to reduce wear and tear on your remaining teeth. However good oral hygiene, and a sensible diet that promotes good oral health is recommended to get the most from your investment.
Book a consultation with us today so that we can help you decide on which option may be best for you.