What Is the Difference Between Bridges and Dental Implants?
A missing tooth can significantly impact both the function of your bite and the beauty of your smile. At True Dentistry, we offer two solutions for missing teeth that can restore your ability to speak and chew with ease: dental implants and bridges.
Dental bridges are a more traditional form of tooth replacement that can fill in the gap left behind by a missing tooth. Fixed bridges are composed of two porcelain crowns on each end with one or several artificial teeth bonded between them. Though bridges may be a less involved procedure than dental implants, they require the natural tooth structure of the adjacent teeth to be filled down in order to receive the crowns. Bridges may also be a more cost effective method of tooth replacement in the short term.
Dental implants require a two-step procedure: first, placing the dental implant that will serve as the root for the artificial tooth, and then attaching a custom implant-supported crown. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require any modification to the surrounding teeth and can be considered a more conservative approach to tooth replacement. In addition to providing exceptional stability and comfort, dental implants can look, feel, and function just like normal teeth. Though the initial cost of dental implants is higher than bridges, dental implants may save patients money in the long term due to their durability.
During the consultation process, Dr. Joseph Willardsen performs an oral exam, discusses your individual goals, and helps you decide which option can best suit your needs.
For more information about solutions for missing teeth, please contact our office today.