Do you want to get back to life as you knew it before you lost a tooth? Most adults feel frustrated and embarrassed when a tooth falls out or has to be extracted. But there’s no reason to feel insecure because of your smile. Prosthetic dentistry makes it possible to complete your smile, so you can eat, smile and enjoy life again. Dental bridges and dental implants are two of the most popular forms of prosthetic dentistry, and knowing which is right for you can be as simple as speaking your restorative dentist.
What’s the Difference Between a Dental Bridge and an Implant?
Both a dental bridge and a dental implant offer ways to securely restore a smile with a fake tooth. However, dental bridges rely on crowns to affix a fake tooth to adjacent teeth, and a dental implant is stabilized through surgically inserting a titanium post into the jawline. Implants are considered the most permanent and secure form of restoration, but they’re also the most expensive. Dental bridges offer more stability than dentures, on their own, and can be completed more quickly and affordably than implants.
How Quickly Can Treatment Be Completed?
Some prosthetic options naturally take longer to complete. Because dental implants involve anchoring a replacement tooth with a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw, this prosthetic option takes the longest to complete. Bridges, on the other hand, can often be completed much more quickly, because they do not involve oral surgery.
Keep in mind, however, that whatever prosthetic option you choose will only be successful, long term, if your dentist also addresses the underlying cause of your tooth loss. If, for instance, you lost a tooth due to gum disease, you may need to have periodontal treatment to help heal the gums before receiving a prosthetic.