Bridges vs Dental Implants, Which Option Is Best For You?
First, let’s talk a little bit about each procedure in case you aren’t that familiar with them:
A dental bridge is a custom-made tooth (or teeth) that attaches to the surrounding teeth and fills the space where you had one or more teeth missing. A bridge can actually help you keep the natural shape of your face and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting. It will not only restore your smile, it will also help you chew better and of course, help you feel more confident.
Dental implants are artificial teeth (crowns) with a little screw-looking apparatus at the bottom, meant to mimic the root of a tooth. This “screw” is surgically inserted into your jawbone, making your new tooth (or teeth) super strong. The crown is carefully made to look just like your natural teeth, so not only will it feel great, it will look great, too!
Bridges vs. Implants
Both bridges and implants are great options for replacing a missing tooth or even multiple teeth. Many people prefer these options over full or partial dentures — although dentures *have* come a long way and are also a great option! However, if you’re trying to decide between bridges vs. implants, there are a few things to consider.
Your preference might come down to how healthy your surrounding teeth and jawbone are. A dental bridge relies on the strength of your other teeth to provide support, whereas an implant is bonded with the jawbone. If your remaining teeth aren’t able to support a bridge, you may want to consider an implant instead. Similarly, if there’s damage to your jaw or bone loss, a bridge will probably work better for you.
Some people decide to go with a bridge because it’s a bit of a simpler procedure. Getting an implant is a surgical procedure, whereas a bridge just requires a few visits to get everything fitted correctly. Because it’s not a surgical procedure, it ends up being a little bit less expensive than implants.
However, implants last longer and require very little maintenance. Sure, you’ll pay a little more upfront, but good quality implants will last you a lifetime. Dental bridges, when cared for properly, will last you around 10 to 15 years.
Let’s Chat in Person!
The absolute best way to answer the bridges vs. implants question is to have a dentist (like me!) take a look at your smile. We can let you know which option would be best after we look at your surrounding teeth, your bite, and your x-rays.
Give our friendly staff a call at 708-460-6699 and we’ll get you on our calendar for a consultation. We’ll be able to give you a personalized recommendation and give you an estimate so you can make an informed decision!