Dental implants and bridges are dental appliances used to restore missing teeth. While both appliances offset tooth loss, each provides distinct benefits in different circumstances.
At 19th Avenue Dental, we provide both implants and bridges as options for patients with tooth loss. Here, we’ll compare these dental appliances to help you make the right choice for your needs.
Dental implants are generally the go-to option at our office, among other tooth-replacement methods. Implants can either be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth, making them well-suited to many different cases. For patients who only need one tooth replaced, implants can reduce the amount of reshaping required for the healthy teeth to accommodate the implant.
Our dental implants are used for missing teeth in patients of all ages and those with underlying medical conditions. If needed, we can complete sinus lifts and single tooth grafts to restore the bone in the jaw. Additionally, we use innovative 3D imaging and planning technology so that we don’t have to open the gum tissues to plan the implant location.
Dental bridges are appliances that replace missing teeth with a crown that’s affixed to healthy adjacent teeth. We offer both fixed and removable bridges for patients with one or multiple missing teeth. For a fixed bridge, bonding or crowns are used to fix replacement teeth in the mouth permanently. For a removable bridge, metal clasps or precision attachments are used instead. Removable bridges are less involved but provide less stability than fixed bridges.
Choosing The Dental Appliance For You
Dental implants and dental bridges may be used in different circumstances depending on the patient’s needs. While a bridge is often more affordable than an implant, an implant more strongly bonds with the jawbone, allowing for greater longevity.