Dental Bridges vs. Implants
When faced with tooth loss, exploring the various options available for restoring your smile and oral health is essential. Two popular choices for tooth replacement are dental bridges and dental implants. Both solutions offer unique benefits and come with their own set of considerations.
Dental bridges are a fast and temporary solution which can be cost-effective upfront. Placing dental bridges requires your dentist to alter your adjacent teeth to conceal the site of your missing tooth. With dental bridges, you may be at risk for tooth decay, bone atrophy and infections down the road.
Dental implants, while more expensive upfront, provide a durable, long-lasting solution with better jawbone preservation and do not compromise your surrounding teeth. Sometimes implants are not an option due to a lack of bone density and thickness.
To find the most suitable dental treatment, whether dental bridges or implants, for your individual requirements, seek advice from our team of skilled dentists.
The dedicated team at Windsor Family Dental is here to support you in achieving a healthy, long-lasting and confident smile.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a common restorative dental treatment used to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, which fill in the gaps created by missing teeth. The pontics are anchored in place by dental crowns on the adjacent teeth or dental implants. The supporting teeth are known as abutment teeth.
Dental bridges come in various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys or a combination of these. The type of bridge recommended depends on factors such as the location of the missing teeth, the condition of the neighboring teeth and the patient's preferences.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement option providing a sturdy and long-lasting solution for missing teeth. An implant is a small titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone, acting as an artificial tooth root. Once the implant fuses with the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration, a dental crown is placed on top of the implant to replace the missing tooth.
Dental implants offer several advantages, including improved stability, preservation of jawbone health and the prevention of adjacent teeth from shifting. Implants also pose less risk of future recession, bone atrophy and tooth decay. Implants look and function like natural teeth, making them an attractive option for many patients.
Cost of Bridges vs. Implants
The cost of dental bridges and implants varies depending on the number of missing teeth to treat, the materials used, the complexity of the procedure and the location of the dental practice. Here is a general cost comparison:
||Cost Range (per tooth)
||$750 - $1,500
||$1,500 - $5,000
Dental bridges may require replacements and adjustments over time. Although the cost of bridges is less upfront, there will likely be additional costs down the road.