If you’ve lost a tooth or a number of natural teeth, you may be considering your options. If you’ve come across dental bridges and implants, you might be wondering which treatment suits you best. Both options have pros and cons, and it’s wise to consider the advantages and disadvantages before you make a decision.
Dental bridges are commonly used to replace a single lost tooth or a small number of missing teeth. There are different types of bridge available, but the most common is a traditional fixed bridge. This kind of bridge comprises a false tooth, which is anchored by a crown on either side. The aim of the bridge is to fill the gap with a lifelike prosthetic. Bridges can be made from various materials, including ceramics, which provide a really beautiful, natural look. It usually takes around 2 weeks to complete treatment, with two sessions required. During the first appointment, your dentist will create a mould of your tooth, and during the second, they will fit the bridge. Bridges are less expensive than dental implants, but they don’t last as long. Typically, you can expect a bridge to last 10-15 years.
Dental implants are titanium devices, which are designed to replace the root of the missing tooth. Titanium is used as it is a biocompatible material. This means that it can integrate into the bone tissue. Before treatment, a small opening is drilled into the jaw bone, and this acts as a socket for the implant. Once the implant has been placed under sedation or local anaesthetic, it is left to heal. Once this process is complete, the implant is attached to a bridge, a denture or a crown, and your new smile will be ready to show off to the world. Implants are the most expensive option, but they offer long-term benefits, and they are the closest match to natural teeth. Implants are also the most versatile option, as they can be used to replace any number of missing teeth.
If you’re looking into replacing lost teeth with either a bridge or dental implants, why not get in touch and find out more? Our dentists will be happy to discuss treatment options with you and answer any questions.