If you’ve got missing teeth that keep you from smiling, dental bridges are an option that can restore your smile. They literally bridge the gap that exists because of missing teeth. There are different types of dental bridges available but they can be useful in maintaining the shape of your face, helping you to bite properly and to prevent other teeth from moving out of position. When visiting your dentist, you won’t be asking which type of dental bridge is best, but rather which tooth replacement is best – bridges or dental implants? Certainly, in the past a bridge was the only choice you had but now dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular option.
Implants bring their Own Rewards
The great thing about implants is that they look and function just like your natural teeth. You can say a dental implant is a root replacement. It is fused to the jaw’s bone. A crown is attached to the implant and you get this wonderful natural-looking tooth. Not everyone is suited to these implants.
The requirements for benefiting from a successful implant are –
● your other teeth and gums must be healthy
● you need sufficient quality and quantity of bone to anchor and support the implant securely
A fixed bridge on the other hand, is a replacement part which is attached to the natural adjacent teeth so as to fix it in place. The replacement tooth is known as a pontic and the adjacent teeth, known as abutments, provide support on either side.
Many people like something more realistic or more permanent, and dental implants are known for their durability when compared to bridges. They’re like your very own teeth – providing you with pearly whites to last your lifetime – if you look after them properly. Many people experience a boost in confidence with them because they’re fixed in place. You won’t ever hear that embarrassing clicking that could indicate dentures. With dental implants its confidence all the way.
Made of titanium, the implant’s metal cylinder fuses with your jawbone, and the best part is that since it is made from a robust metal, gum problems and general tooth decay are virtually non-existent. The average life of a dental bridge is good, but won’t be for life. You can expect 10 -15 years of good service from your dental bridge. One of the reasons bridges don’t last longer is that cavities can form in the crowned teeth. You have to have a good oral routine for yourself – one which includes brushing and flossing to ensure that your bridge tooth is always in good health.
Your dentist or prosthodontist knows bridges and implants thoroughly and can advise you on the way forward. Both have their own unique set of pros and cons. The dental bridge is the cheaper option, but then you’re not looking at a lifetime tooth replacement solution like you would get from dental implants.