Dental bridges and dental implants are both great options for replacing multiple missing teeth, but which option is right for you? Today, our Surrey dentists compare the pros and cons dental bridges vs. dental implants to help you decide.
If you’re thinking of getting tooth replacements for side-by-side teeth, a dental bridge or dental implants are both great options for restoring your smile. That said, there are benefits and drawbacks to each.
Dental Bridges — Pros & Cons
A dental bridge is a ‘bridge’ of artificial teeth attached to adjacent teeth (or dental implants) on either side of a gap. Whether you’re replacing a single tooth or numerous missing teeth, a dental bridge could be ideal for you.
- A bridge is a faster and less invasive solution than having a dental implant placed.
- No additional bone grafting or gum surgeries will be required for a dental bridge to be placed, even for patients who have experienced deterioration of the jawbone.
- Dental bridges tend to be less durable than dental implants. If cared for appropriately, you can expect a dental bridge to last between 5 to 15 years.
- Teeth adjacent to a bridge may be more susceptible to tooth decay since your dentist will need to remove a large part of the enamel on supporting teeth to prepare them for the bridge.
Dental Implants — Pros & Cons
Replacing one or many missing teeth? Dental implants are a natural-looking, permanent solution to missing teeth. Your dentist will implant a tiny titanium rod into the jawbone, replacing the roots of your natural tooth.
After your dentist has surgically placed your dental implant and the area has been given enough time to heal, a crown, bridge or denture will be colour matched to your natural teeth, then used to top the implant so it blends in perfectly.
- Dental implants work similar to real teeth and naturally complement your smile.
- When cared for properly, dental implants can last for 25 years or more.
- Getting dental implants can be a long process — taking weeks or even months to complete.
- In some cases, you will first need to have a bone graft to strengthen the jawbone before dental implants can be placed.