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Bridge Or Implant: Which Is Best For You?

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If you’ve lost a tooth or had to have one extracted, you may need a dental bridge or implant. Your dental professional will help you decide which one’s best for you, but here’s some information that is good to know.

What's A Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a restorative option your dental professional may suggest if your missing tooth is between two healthy teeth. A dental bridge is made of a false tooth suspended between two crowns that your dentist cements onto your healthy teeth on either side. The porcelain is matched to the color of your surrounding teeth. In short: a dental bridge bridges the gap between your teeth. If you're replacing a tooth or teeth near the back of your mouth, a dental bridge may be the best way to go.

What's A Dental Implant?

An implant is a false tooth attached to a titanium post your dental professional inserts into the jawbone. Implants are very natural looking. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, implants also help prevent your jawbone from deteriorating. When teeth fall out or are extracted, the jawbone shrinks over time and changes our face's appearance and smile. An implant is embedded in the jawbone, and using the new tooth to bite and chew stimulates the bone, helping to prevent it from shrinking. Also important to know: if you're replacing a front or more visible tooth, the American Dental Association recommends implants for a more attractive smile.

What Are Some Differences Between A Dental Bridge And An Implant?

  • Appearance. A dental bridge is more noticeable. Implants look more natural.
  • Cost. A dental bridge may be less expensive than an implant.
  • Time. You can get a bridge completed in two visits within a few weeks. Completion of an implant takes three to six months.

If you need to replace a tooth, chances are you'll need a dental bridge or an implant. The location of your new tooth, cost, and the time it will take for restoration are all important things to consider. Both options can restore your smile and your confident self. Do your research and talk to your dental professional to determine what's best for you.

Oral Care Center articles are reviewed by an oral health medical professional. This information is for educational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist, physician or other qualified healthcare provider. 

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