If you’re trying to choose between a dental implant and a dental bridge, our Calgary dentists can help you choose the option that would best suit your needs.
Dental implants and dental bridges are both tooth replacement options, and each has different benefits.
Each patient has unique needs, and while dental implants may be ideal for some, dental bridges may be the right choice for others.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium rods that are implanted directly into the jaw bone, to act as artificial tooth roots. These are capped with a dental crown to create a dental prosthesis that looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
Dental professionals may recommend a dental implant, as they are durable and long-lasting dental restorations. With proper care, they can last for at least 25 years.
For people looking for a more permanent, natural looking and feeling tooth replacement, dental implants can be a very good choice.
Why Choose Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration, but it is not completely permanent. Dental bridges are used to replace either single or multiple missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to adjacent teeth (or to dental implants) on either side of the gap.
In essence, they bridge the gap left by missing teeth.
With dental bridges, the adjacent teeth need to be prepared for the restoration. This involves removing most of the enamel on the teeth in order to place the bridge. This makes them somewhat more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.
Dental bridges will likely have to be replaced over time. With proper care, however, they can last for many years.
A dental bridge may be the right choice for you if the teeth beside that gap have large fillings and may need crowns or caps in the future.
If a tooth or teeth have been missing for some time, the gum and bone in that area may have deteriorated. This means they may be too fragile to support a dental implant without additional gum and bone grafting surgeries. In cases like these, a bridge may be a preferable option, as it would be significantly less invasive.
How to Decide?
Only a dental professional can tell you which dental restoration is the most appropriate for your needs.