Should I Get Dental Implants Or Bridges?
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Only a select number of people have optimal oral health. Whether due to rigorous dental cleaning habits and wise nutrition habits or superior genetics, these individuals have it easy. For the rest of us, there will often come a time when a visit to the dentist is in order.
Even if you do take excellent care of your teeth, certain aspects of oral health lie out of our control. Everything from a poor family health history to blunt force trauma to the mouth can necessitate dental intervention. As unfortunate as it is, the need to choose between getting an implant or bridge is a decision many of us have to make. This brings us to the often-asked question, “Which one?”
The Standoff: Implants vs. Bridges
Before delving into the advantages and disadvantages of each tooth replacement method, it should be highlighted that speaking with your dentist is the best thing you can do, as only they will know which option is best for your individual circumstances. Factors like the number of teeth affected, the patient’s budget, and his or her risk of developing future oral health issues are all discussed during the initial consultation; all of which play a big part in what your best option is.
With that in mind, an implant actually refers to a procedure designed to install a permanent, synthetic replacement. Constructed from metal or ceramic, these prosthetic inserts are made to mimic real teeth in all aspects.
Not only do they look and feel the part, the strong durability of the material combined with natural fusion with the jawbone means patients never have to worry about their implant suffering from premature wear and tear. Once in place, dentists finalize the treatment by placing a cap over the implant, which serves as the functional tooth replacement.
On the other hand, a dental bridge is a prosthetic device intended to replace multiple damaged or missing teeth. While this method is indeed cheaper than inserting various, individual implants, the key downside to bridges are that in order to fit properly, the teeth on each corresponding side must first be filed down.
These teeth are thus more susceptible to bacterial infections and root canals. Implants can be a more expensive up-front investment, but are typically recommended for patients needing a minimal amount of teeth to be replaced. Bridges are better if bone is lacking and is very difficult to rebuild or for individuals that already had a bridge and would like a replacement of the bridge.