What is the difference between dental implants and dental bridges?

Dental implants and dental bridges are both tooth replacement methods. Dentists can use them to help replace one or more teeth that are missing. In this post, our Whitecourt dentists share important facts about each of these tooth replacement methods to help you choose the right one for you.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are also known as "permanent partial dentures". They are fixed dental appliances that literally "bridge" the gap left by missing teeth. They are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Because they are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap, unlike dentures, they can only be safely removed by a dentist. 

Caring For Your Dental Bridges

Once your dental bridge has been installed, you can treat it in the same way that you would treat your natural teeth. Your bridge should last for many years if you maintain it properly with regular brushing and flossing. You should also continue to see your dentist on a regular basis.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium rod that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone to serve as an artificial tooth root. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Titanium is a type of metal that has the ability to form bonds with natural bone, making it a secure and stable foundation for an artificial tooth. A dental crown (cap) is then placed on top of the implant to serve as the artificial tooth replacement.

When used together, the dental crown and implant have a very similar appearance and feel to a natural tooth.

Caring For Your Dental Implants

Like with bridges, you should take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. This includes a strong brushing and flossing routine, and regular visits to the dentist.

Choosing The Right Tooth Replacement For You

Dental implants and dental bridges both have their advantages, and the best option for any given person will depend on that person's oral health needs as well as his or her financial situation.

The placement of dental implants is significantly more invasive than the placement of dental bridges. However, dental implants can often appear and feel more natural than dental bridges.

In addition, for the dental implant procedure to be successful, you must have a sufficient volume of jaw bone. If you don't have enough bone in your jaw, you may still be able to get an implant, but you would need to undergo a bone grafting procedure first to ensure that the implant could be supported. As a result, the implant process would take longer and be somewhat more invasive.

At the end of the day, the only way to determine which tooth replacement option is best for you is to consult with your dentist.

Contact our Whitecourt dentists today to find out which tooth-replacement method will suit you best.

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