Dental implants vs bridges

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If you have lost a tooth, you may have been faced with the decision to either cover the area with a bridge or with an implant. While the terms may not be familiar to you, each method has its advantages and disadvantages. After reading this article you will be able to answer this question with the help from your trusted dentist. اضافة اعلان


An implant is a fixed solution for missing teeth that is placed inside the bone, with a fixed crown placed over it after a specific period decided by your dentist. A bridge is also a fixed prosthesis that is used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are fabricated in a lab after adjacent teeth are prepared.

Advantages vs disadvantages

In order to be able to choose between these two options, you should understand the advantages and disadvantages of each one. The main advantage of implants is the fact that we don’t need to prepare or jeopardize any adjacent teeth, which will benefit the longevity of your teeth. Implants also sometimes include a minor surgical procedure that needs time to heal.

Bridges’ main advantage is the short time they needs to be fabricated and placed in your mouth. In around one week the prosthesis could be finished and ready to use. However, preparation of the adjacent teeth, by removing most of the enamel and sometimes part of the dentin, is mandatory.

Dental implants should last you a lifetime. The implant is mainly made of titanium, which is a material that should fuse to your jawbone, and the fact that it is made of such metal makes them very resistant to future decay. On the other hand, the average lifetime of bridges is 10–15 years.

Since part of your teeth remains beneath it, normal wear and decay may cause the bridge to fail more easily overtime.

Bridges also initially cost less, but they may need to be replaced with a new bridge or implant at some point in the future. While implants may seem more expensive, they can be cost-effective. In addition, due to long procedural times, implant treatments might be more flexible, allowing patients to budget the cost in increments.

Oral hygiene

Dental bridges are cemented in your mouth permanently, and their design creates a challenge when brushing and flossing, especially in the area of the pontic “false tooth.” Implants, on the other hand, can replace teeth individually which makes regular home care easier; you can easily brush and floss around an implant just like your natural tooth.

So implants are better?

It comes as no surprise that implants seem like the better option, but if so, then why do we still use bridges?

Firstly, medically compromised patients, like uncontrolled diabetic patients, heavy smokers, and alcoholics should consider bridges over implants, as failure rates are higher in such cases.

Secondly, having large fillings or teeth that might need crowns or caps in the future, makes the dental bridge a good option since they are already compromised.

And finally, cost. If you cannot afford an implant, bridges are your friend; you should never leave a missing tooth without replacing it! Your teeth, naturally, will try to close the space between them by overeruption, which will complicate treatment later.

To summarize, implants are the clear winner here when you are a medically fit person, if you have healthy adjacent teeth, and the cost is not an issue. Otherwise, a bridge is a great option for you.

Hopefully, we made clear the differences between implants and bridges. Of course, your dentist should explain all of these facts mentioned in this article to help you make your final decision.

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