Dental Implants are biocompatible titanium posts that are placed in your jawbone where your lost tooth once was, which perfectly replicates the root’s structure. After 2-3 months when the Dental Implant has completely fused with the bone, a Dental crown is placed on top of the Dental Implant which looks and functions like your natural tooth/teeth. Once this restoration is complete, no one but your dentist should be able to tell the difference between your implant and the rest of your natural teeth.
A Dental Bridge is a fixed treatment option for the replacement of missing tooth/teeth. They take the support of the adjacent teeth.
Although both the options, Dental Implants or a Dental Bridge is a fixed option for the replacement of missing teeth, yet they both have various advantages and disadvantages over eachother. Some of which are mentioned below.
-Being a fixed option for missing tooth/teeth, Dental Implants don’t require the support of the adjacent remaining teeth. They can be placed individually in the missing tooth/teeth area. Dental Bridge on the other hand is also a fixed option, but it requires shaving of the adjacent healthy teeth. A Dental Bridge nevertheless can be an appropriate option in case the remaining teeth have large fillings which requires a cap in future.
-Dental Implants help in maintaining the gum health which is not much possible in case of a Dental bridge. Since a Dental Bridge will just replicate the crown portion of the tooth, there is a possibility that the food particles might get stuck in between the minor spaces leading to irritated and swollen gums. Hence extra steps for oral hygiene is required in case of a Dental Bridge.
-Dental Implants have been proven to last a lifetime as compared to Dental Bridges which lasts not more than 15years.
-Though Dental Implants are the best option, in case of uncontrolled diabetes or in patients who are undergoing radiation therapy, Dental Bridges serve to be the best teeth replacement option.
-Even though a Dental bridge also is a fixed option, in cases where there are more missing teeth and less teeth for support, there is a chance that the bridge might break.
-When we talk about the appearance of a Dental Bridge crown in comparison to a Dental Implant crown, often implant crowns provide more desired results.
-You may choose a Dental Bridge rather than a Dental Implant because they are more cost effective but in longer run you might end up saving more money if you choose a Dental Implant. Bridges have to be adjusted or replaced every decade or so, which can rack up costs that eventually might outweigh the initial cost of an implant.
So, Which Should You Choose?
Ultimately, the choice is between you and your dentist. Dental implants are usually thought of as the best option available today. However, a bridge might be better for your unique situation. In the end, it’s best to ask your dentist whether an implant or a bridge would best benefit your smile.