Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
If you’re looking to replace damaged teeth or fill the gap left by extracted or missing teeth, dental implants and/or dental bridges may be the perfect solutions to restore your smile. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that anchors into the jawbone beneath the gums to provide improved stability. They are usually capped with porcelain crowns, bridges, or dentures. Dental bridges, on the other hand, are a tooth replacement solution composed of a restoration attached to surrounding teeth via dental crowns. Both treatments are offered at Roberts Dental Group and can be ideal solutions to revitalizing your smile depending on your needs.
Dental implants, as mentioned above, are made up of a titanium post inserted within your jawbone to provide extra security. The implant is often capped with porcelain crowns, dentures, or bridges. Because the implant is anchored into place and gradually fuses with the surrounding bone and tissue, the treatment is highly effective at restoring biting function and stability. With a porcelain crown capping the implant on the surface, the finished product can be natural-looking while mimicking the all around function of a regular tooth. Patients may choose dental implants if they are looking for results that mirror the look and feel of natural teeth while prioritizing longevity.
Dental bridges effectively fill the gap left behind by an extracted or missing tooth. By connecting the artificial tooth (or teeth) to surrounding teeth on either side of the gap, the bridge is effectively secured into place. Custom-created for each patient, the final result can be indistinguishable within your smile and comfortable. A significant difference between implants and bridges is that the latter does not require patients to undergo oral surgery. Additionally, unlike implants that stimulate the jawbone, dental bridges do not prevent bone loss. Dental bridges can be a viable option for those who want efficient results while avoiding surgery.
Combining the technology of dental implants and the effectiveness of dental bridges, our practice also offers implant-supported bridges. Implant-supported bridges provide increased durability and longevity, similar to dental implants, by anchoring the restoration into the jawbone for a more secured and fixed position. Implant-supported bridges can be great for patients who have multiple missing teeth in one specific section of their smile. Ultimately, these tooth replacements offer the efficiency of bridges with the increased security of dental implants.
If you want to know more about dental implants or dental bridges, contact our practice today. If you believe you are in need of one of these restorations, schedule a consultation with our team to develop a comprehensive dental plan that can enhance your smile!