Implant or Bridge? Which Should You Prefer?
One of the biggest dental problems is undoubtedly tooth loss. In patients whose teeth are lost for various reasons, problems arise in terms of chewing, speech and aesthetics.
Fortunately, there are two different treatments that can be offered to you in such a situation. Dental bridge or implant… Are you wondering which one might be the right treatment for you? Before you make a decision, keep reading to learn the differences between the two and discover which one might be best for you…
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restorative dental treatment solution designed to close the gap left by a missing tooth. The bridge anchors the dentures to adjacent teeth, holding them in place.
Bridge treatment is a multi-step process that requires multiple visits to the dentist. First, the dentist administers a local anesthetic to the gum tissue surrounding the tooth near the bridge. It then reshapes the teeth to accommodate the crowns. Crowns need to fit securely to hold the bridge in place.
When teeth are reshaped, an impression is made of the missing tooth and surrounding teeth. This impression is sent to the laboratory that will custom build the bridge. A temporary bridge can be used to fill the gap until the primary bridge is ready.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Bridges
Dental bridges offer you the right smile at an affordable price compared to implants. It is functional, reliable and predictable. Bridges may be partially covered by some dental insurance, most insurance plans do not cover implants. Also, as only minimally invasive dental procedures are required, no recovery time is required and the full procedure requires less time than an implant.
Disadvantages; If there are existing crowns on adjacent teeth, they will need to be redone to accommodate the bridge. Additionally, if the nerves in the teeth are affected by the procedure, they are more likely to develop gum disease or need root canal treatment. Routine maintenance for bridges is slightly more important than for implants. Special devices will be needed to remove plaque. Finally, bridges are not as long-lasting as implants. You will need to replace these later.
What is an implant?
Implants are the best materials that can be used as an alternative to natural teeth. In case of loss of teeth, it is the treatment option that best imitates the natural tooth in terms of both health and aesthetics.
The root implant is placed in the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, the implant grows around the metal post and is securely attached to the jaw. The healing process can take 6 to 12 weeks.
After the implant is attached to the jawbone, a small connector called an abutment is attached to the post to hold the crown securely. Your dentist will then monitor your teeth and create a model of your teeth that he will use to make your crown. The crown will be fixed to the abutment and blend with your natural teeth.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Implants
Implants are as functional, predictable and reliable as bridges. Aesthetically, they are similar to your natural teeth and will feel like your natural teeth as they are placed in your jaw. The implant does not affect your adjacent teeth, so you are not at high risk for tooth decay or gum disease. Implants are no different from your natural teeth. It is extremely successful with a success rate of over 98%. It is possible to have implants on the same day for patients who meet certain criteria.
Disadvantages; Implants are more expensive than bridges. Usually not covered by insurance. Implant treatment includes a minor surgical process. Therefore, there is an additional period for this treatment (6-12 weeks). But they last significantly much longer than bridges.