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A Comparison Between Dental Implants and Dental Fixed Bridges

If you have recently lost some teeth, you may be wondering what your options are concerning the missing space in your smile. Read on and learn about two common tooth restoration options (dental implants and dental fixed bridges) in case you have recently lost some teeth. Use this information to select the most appropriate restoration method for your needs.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a replacement for the root of a natural tooth. The implant is anchored onto the bone of your jaw during a surgical procedure. Once the bone and the implant fuse, a crown that resembles your natural teeth is placed on top of the implant. Dental implants have several advantages. One, they do not have any effect on the nearby teeth. Secondly, they are not prone to decay in the same way as natural dental roots that have been affected by dental diseases such as gingivitis. The implant is also very durable because it is firmly anchored in the jawbone.

However, dental implants also have shortcomings. First, the process of installing the implant is time consuming. For example, the implant must be left to fuse with the bone before the crown is placed on it. This wait time varies from one individual to another due to factors like the health of the bone tissue onto which the implant has been anchored. It is also relatively expensive because it involves paying a surgeon to conduct the surgical procedure by which the implant is inserted into the jawbone. Dental implants are ideal for people who want a long lasting dental restoration method.

Dental Fixed Bridges

This restoration is attached to the nearby teeth so that the prosthesis covers the gap left by the missing tooth. The surrounding teeth serve the same role as bridge anchors driven into the ground on the two sides of a river. The dental fixed bridge has three crowns; two crowns cover the nearby natural teeth, while the third crown takes the place of the missing tooth. Dental bridges are less expensive when compared to implants. Bridges also take less time to be installed. However, bridges require enamel to be scraped from nearby teeth so that space can be created for the bridge. This can predispose you to suffering from root canal diseases. If the surrounding teeth had other dental treatments done (such as crown placement), those treatments have to be redone in order to accommodate the dental fixed bridge. The bridges have a shorter lifespan when compared to implants. Dental fixed bridges are suitable for people who have been found to be unsuitable for other restoration options such as implants due to a variety of factors (such as those whose jawbones are likely to fuse poorly with implants).

Talk to your cosmetic dentist before you make a final choice. That specialist will weigh all the risk factors and the benefits of each option in reference to your specific situation before recommending a particular set of options that you can choose from.