Dental implants or bridges can be used to replace your missing teeth.
Before you decide on implant or bridge for your missing tooth, you need to consider the pros and cons of each. The determining factors will be the current state of your teeth, and your budget for the procedure. This article will compare your options to help you make a decision that will work best for you.
Remember whichever you choose, bridge or implant, you will need to maintain them just like your natural teeth. If you do not, they will fail, and will need replacement in the future.
Dental implants work and feel just like your natural teeth. Implants are anchored permanently to the jawbone. Therefore, implants require the patient to have sufficient bone. You will need to have a consultation with the implant surgeon to do some x-rays, and determine if you have enough bone suitable for the implant option.
Pros of an implant
Cons of an implant
- An implant replaces a missing tooth or teeth with something close to a natural tooth.
- With an implant, the surrounding teeth are not affected by the procedure.
- You need to undergo a minor surgery and will need time to heal.
- Implants are more costly.
- With implants, the space between adjacent teeth must be very small. This is not always the case if you are dealing with teeth in the front of the mouth.
Bridges are dental fixtures spanning an area in your mouth that has no teeth and is connected to natural teeth at each end. With a bridge, you will need to drill into an adjacent tooth. While this may be a disadvantage when dealing with perfectly healthy teeth, it may be beneficial if dealing with already filled teeth because this will strengthen them.
Pros of a bridge
Cons of a bridge
- Less expensive
- Despite what most people think, bridges can last for very long time.
- You may need to drill through perfectly healthy teeth in order to attach a bridge, which is something you should consider.
- The bridged tooth can only last as long as the teeth supporting it.
- The bridge is more difficult to maintain. Cleaning may be difficult and could irritate your gums.
In summary, when comparing implants and bridges, it will depend on the needs of the individual. A consultation with a specialist is the best way to make this decision.
Dr. Peter Hazim can evaluate your teeth, and help you determine the best option between implants and bridges.
Please call us at (972) 727-5599. We are conveniently located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.