Choose What Feels Right:
Bridge vs. Dental Implant
A missing tooth just doesn’t feel right. It can be uncomfortable, make it difficult to chew and perhaps worst of all, hold you back from smiling. It’s important to replace that tooth. Not only is it an esthetic problem, it can lead to bone loss, changes in facial structure and drifting of the adjacent teeth. You have a choice in tooth replacement: crown and bridge or dental implant. You’re probably very familiar with the bridge, but you may not know everything it entails. A dental implant is a strong alternative. It is the option that most closely resembles a natural tooth. With all the facts, you can make the most informed decision about crown and bridge versus dental implant.
Bridges may sometimes be less expensive than dental implants in the short term. However, the life span of a bridge is typically less than that of an implant. Also, the adjacent teeth that were prepared can be more susceptible to future problems, like decay.
A dental implant can sometimes be more expensive than a bridge, but it is designed to be a permanent solution. Because the implant replaces the tooth root, implant therapy can help minimize bone loss. In addition, the surrounding teeth are not affected and the look and feel is natural.
Remember, this is a choice that will affect you every day. So choose what feels right for you.