Bridge vs. Implant
What is a Bridge vs. an Implant?
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges require no surgery, and can last for decades with proper care. Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed underneath the gum and into the bone. Implants are permanent, and do not require surrounding teeth to be filed.
Why would you need a Bridge?
A dental bridge is ideal for patients who are missing one or more teeth, and who may not be suited for oral surgery. The bridge procedure typically requires two appointments. The first appointment involves preparing the surrounding teeth to fit the bridge and the second appointment involves placing the actual restoration. A dental bridge can last for many years, and is made to blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
Why would you need an Implant?
Dental implants are surgically placed into the bone of the jaw. The implant fuses with the bone over the course of just a couple of months. After complete fusion, a dental crown is placed on top of the implant. This prevents the need to compromise surrounding teeth, while fully replacing the missing tooth. This procedure can also be ideal for denture patients who want a more secure-fitting appliance. Implant posts are permanent, and should not need to be replaced or repaired.
What happens during the Bridge and Implant procedure?
During the bridge procedure, we’ll file down the two surrounding teeth next to the missing dentition. This helps to create a more comfortable fit for the fixed bridge. Impressions are taken to create a custom bridge for the area, which will be placed at the next appointment. The implant procedure involves surgically inserting the post deep into the bone and giving it time to osseointegrate, or fuse with the bone. The implant is then ready for a crown to be placed on top, which will need to be replaced every few years as it begins to show signs of wear and tear.
If you think you may need a dental bridge or implant, call our office today to speak with one of our helpful staff members to schedule an appointment.