Both dental implants and bridges are great alternatives for lost teeth but which one to choose?
In order to install a bridge, supporting teeth are needed as they are used as anchors for the bridge. These supporting teeth need to be recontoured and some of the enamel of the supporting teeth need to be removed leaving them unprotected. Since the bridge will count on the support of healthy adjacent teeth they will be somehow strained.
In the case of implants, they will not affect your other teeth in any way and you can replace one or more missing teeth. In terms of durability, bridges can last up to 10 or 15 years while implants can last a lifetime with proper oral health habits.
In order to maintain your implants in top shape and make them last for a lifetime the process is quite simple. All you need is to brush and floss them as you would with real teeth. Implants can look very natural and there will be no dental bridge slip, it will also facilitate both chewing and speaking.
Dental bridges are considered to be simple dental procedures since they do not require surgery. However implants do need surgical intervention and if there is not enough bone in the jaw, grafts will be needed.
Do know that having healthy jaw-bone is key for the success of implants.The whole process of getting dental bridges takes about two to three visits to the dentist and for those of you who present significant loss of jaw bone or significant damage a dental bridge is recommended.
In terms of investment, bridges required less investment than implants. Once your bridge is cemented permanently in place it is very stable and after the learning curve you will be able to chew on food normally.
The choice is yours, now that you know the pros and cons of bridges and implants.
By: Prisma Dental
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