When considering options for tooth replacement, many of our patients are curious about the pros and cons of dental implants and fixed dental bridges. Each option has its own set of benefits and drawbacks which can vary depending on the patient’s unique dental needs, treatment goals, and financial resources. More and more, however, patients are wisely choosing dental implants as a reliable, long-term and economical option for replacing missing teeth.
Differences Between Dental Implants and Fixed Dental Bridges
Though they share the same essential function – tooth replacement – there are several fundamental differences between dental implants and fixed dental bridges:
- Whereas dental implants are rooted into the jawbone like a natural tooth, bridges are attached to healthy adjacent teeth via crowns and rest over the gum tissue to fill space left by a missing tooth or teeth.
- The fact that dental implants are fused with the jawbone helps prevent jawbone atrophy, which is otherwise inevitable after tooth loss. Bridges span the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth, which provides aesthetic enhancement and maintains proper bite, but cannot mitigate bone loss.
- When looking at day-to-day and long term maintenance, bridges may take more time to clean, and they typically last an average of 15 years before requiring replacement. Dental implants, however, can be cared for just like regular teeth, and the implants themselves should not decay over time.
Learn More About Dental Implants and Fixed Dental Bridges
For more information about dental implants and fixed dental implants please contact our office. We can help you schedule a consultation with our cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. Thomas J. Horak. Together you can discuss the benefits of both options and determine which type of restoration would likely be the best choice for replacing your teeth.