What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are fixed dental restorations that 'bridge' the gap left behind by missing teeth. They are used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Since they are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of a gap in your smile unlike dentures, they can only be removed by a dentist. Sometimes bridges are also called 'permanent partial dentures.'
How to care for your dental bridges
Once a dental bridge has been installed in your smile, you should treat it in the same way that you treat a natural tooth. If properly maintained, a bridge should last for many years with reagurl brushing and flossing. You should also make sure that you see your dentist for regularly scheduled exams and cleanings.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium rod that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone to serve as an artificial tooth root. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Titanium is a type of metal that has the ability to form bonds with natural bone, making it a secure and stable foundation for an artificial tooth. A dental crown (cap) is then placed on top of the implant to serve as the artificial tooth replacement.
When used together, the dental crown and implant have a very similar appearance and feel to a natural tooth.
How to care for your dental implants
Like with bridges, you should care for an implant just like you would a natural tooth. This includes a diligent brushing and flossing routine and regular visits to the dentist.
How do I know which option is right for me?
Dental implants and dental bridges both have their advantages, and the best option for any given person will depend on that person's oral health needs as well as his or her financial situation.
The placement of dental implants is significantly more invasive than the placement of dental bridges. However, dental implants can often appear and feel more natural than dental bridges.
In addition to all of this, for a dental implant procedure to be considered successful, you will also need a certain volume and density of jaw bone to support the implant being embedded in the jawbone. If you do not have this, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure before having an implant placed in your mouth to support the restoration. As a result, the implant will take longer to be completed and successful and the process may be a bit more invasive.
At the end of the day, the only way to determine which tooth replacement option is best for you is to consult with your dentist.