If you’ve got a missing tooth, you’ll typically have two basic options to choose from in terms of replacing that tooth. Bridges and dental implants are the go-to solutions in single tooth replacement. While a bridge and dental implant may look much the same on the outside, there are some key differences in terms of function and feel, which can be explained by the way each option is anchored into your smile.
Pros of a Dental Bridge
Unlike a dental implant that is secured into the jawbone, a bridge offers a prosthetic tooth that is anchored on either side to your existing teeth. A dental bridge involves placing two crowns on the teeth that are adjacent to the open gap. Dental bridges can offer several advantages, including the following:
- Less expensive than dental implants
- Quicker solution, especially if your tooth doesn’t need extraction
- No bone grafting requirement
- Natural-looking replacement tooth
Cons of a Dental Bridge
Just like any major procedure in restorative dentistry, there are some drawbacks to dental bridges. Before investing in a bridge, it is important to fully understand the cons:
- Dental bridges require that the adjacent teeth be fitted with crowns, which means natural tooth structure will be removed and extra forces will be placed on healthy teeth.
- Dental bridges don’t preserve your underlying bone and gums since there is no tooth root to stimulate them. This can lead to premature facial aging and gum recession.
- Dental bridges typically need replacement every 10-15 years. This can outweigh the difference in upfront cost of a dental implant.
At Gilreath Dental Associates, we proudly offer both dental bridges and dental implants at our Marietta office. We will take the time to carefully consider which option is best for your smile, your quality of life and your budget. Call today to schedule your consult in tooth replacement.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,