If you're looking to replace your missing teeth, dental implants and dental bridges are both great options to consider. In today's blog our dentists at Hanin Dental Surrey share more about dental implants vs dental bridges, to help you decide which tooth replacement option is right for you.
Are you weighing up your options for replacing a number of missing side-by-side teeth? Dental implants or a dental bridge could help to restore the appearance and function of your smile. That said, each of these options has its pros and cons that should be considered before making a final decision.
Dental implants are a permanent, natural looking way to replace one or multiple missing teeth. The actual implant portion of a dental implant is a tiny titanium rod which is permanently implanted into the jawbone where the roots of the natural tooth used to be. Once dental implants have been placed and given sufficient time to heal, the implant can be topped with a crown, bridge or denture that is colour-matched to blend perfectly with your remaining natural teeth.
ProsDental implants function much like real teeth and give your smile a natural appearance. When cared for properly, dental implants can last 25 years or more.
ConsThe dental implant process can be long, taking weeks or even months to complete. In some cases a bone graft will be required to strengthen their jawbone before the dental implants can be placed.
Dental Bridges - Pros & Cons
A dental bridge is a 'bridge' of artificial teeth which is attached to adjacent teeth (or to dental implants) on either side of the space where the missing teeth used to be. A dental bridge can be a great way to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. For those patients who have experienced deterioration in the jaw bones and gums since the natural teeth were lost, a dental bridge can be a less invasive tooth replacement option.