Should You Choose Implants or Bridges?
Are you wondering which dental option is best for you? Understandably, choosing between getting dental implants or a bridge is a major decision. When our patients ask about the benefits and disadvantages of both, we offer full disclosure. Additionally, Dr. Rosales helps you to understand which procedure fits best for your situation.
Nevertheless, there are basic details about implants and bridges that you should be aware of before you make your decision. Below is a brief of that information.
Dental implants require a set of procedures to fill a missing tooth or teeth with artificial ones. Of all the different steps that are a part of the dental implant, one of the main steps involves setting the initial titanium in the bone pocket of the tooth. Titanium is used because it works best with the bone and also forms a good bond over a period of time. Further, owing to the formation of the bond, no bone loss is likely to occur. Dental implants are capped with a crown. The crown protects the body and anchor of the artificial tooth. Dental implants mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth.
A dental bridge, on the other hand, is actually a non removable prosthesis which is attached to the natural teeth itself. The false teeth are mainly used to bridge the gap which may be present between the natural teeth. Before technology made rapid progress, fixed bridges were considered to be the best choice for people who had lost their teeth. But, bridges are known to pose some problems. A bridge may lead to accumulation of bacteria between teeth. They also are prone to increasing the chance of decay, cavities, and gum diseases.
The Cost Factor
Ideally, most people think that bridge is a lot more economical as the upfront cost of implants is much greater. However, if you check the cost versus the value of what you get, it is the dental implant which turns out to be the more economical choice in the long run.