Which Is Better: A Dental Implant or Bridge?

Missing or extracted teeth can leave gaps in your smile. These gaps can affect speaking and eating as well as your oral health. Teeth replacement techniques such as bridges and dental implants can act in place of the missing teeth to help prevent these issues. But of the methods for replacing missing teeth, which is best? While there is some subjectivity for individual cases, in most situations, a dental implant is better than a bridge.


The Advantages of Dental Implants


Better for Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is easier with a dental implant than with a bridge. Bridges are cemented to the surrounding teeth, which makes brushing and flossing more challenging. Your daily oral hygiene routine must include an additional step of meticulously threading floss under the false tooth. A dental implant is placed independently of the surrounding teeth and can be cared for like any other tooth. Normal brushing and flossing are more than adequate and can ensure better oral hygiene.


More Durable and Long Lasting

Dental bridges last an average of 10 years. Dental implants can last for many years longer, even a lifetime. The base for an implant is titanium, an incredibly strong metal, and it fuses with the jawbone to help resist decay and gum problems. This contributes to the durability and longevity of the implant.


More Worthwhile Financial Investment

The saying “you get what you pay for” could be applied to dental bridges vs. implants. Bridges seem more affordable up front, but they will usually need to be replaced every 10 years or so. A dental bridge can also interfere with dental hygiene, which may lead to future costly repair work. On the other hand, a dental implant can last a lifetime. This makes the initial investment more cost effective over time.


Better for Surrounding Teeth

Keeping your teeth healthy and strong is of vital importance, and your choice of tooth replacement can affect the surrounding teeth. A dental bridge must be cemented to the surrounding teeth, and this process strips them of some enamel. This also places additional stress and wear on the surrounding teeth, making them more vulnerable to decay in the long run. A dental implant does not damage the surrounding teeth in any way, thus ensuring the best overall health for your existing teeth.


Prevents Jawbone Loss

When a tooth is lost, the lack of friction, pressure, and stimulation from the tooth can lead to jawbone loss over time. A dental bridge cannot prevent this, but a dental implant can. The implant is fused directly to the jawbone, creating the natural stimulation that the bone tissue needs. This eliminates the risk of jawbone loss that is present with dental bridges and dentures.

 

If you have a tooth missing or have had a tooth extracted, consider getting a dental implant to replace it. In many cases, dental implants are the best method of tooth replacement for missing teeth. A dental implant can help you maintain a healthy, beautiful, and natural-looking smile for many years. Call (551) 222-4493 or contact us online to schedule your appointment with Dr. Christine Chung today.

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