When one or more teeth are missing, patients may be given the choice between a dental implant or a bridge. Dental implants are a surgical procedure that brings together an artificial tooth with the bone in the jaw- think of the implant as an artificial anchor. On the other hand, a bridge doesn’t require surgery and is a permanent fix for a missing tooth or a dental restoration. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and is anchored by neighboring teeth or implants to literally bridge the gap.
Pros of both Implants and Bridges
- Improved oral health
- Decrease the amount of food impact that can cause gum issues
- Prevents the need to prepare adjacent teeth like a bridge
- Faster procedure and requires less time in the dental chair
- Lasts longer than an implant (2, 3, 4 times longer)
- Is a more modern procedure
- Easier to eat with
- Less expensive upfront than an implant
- Easier to match the color of the bridge to match adjacent teeth
- Less painful immediately after the procedure
- Easier to get a dental bridge
Before making any major decisions, make sure to consult your dentist. If you require a second opinion or would like to find a new provider, complete NoBull Dental’s quiz to get a jump start on better dental care.