What is the difference between dental implants and dental bridges?

Dental bridges and dental implants are both fixed tooth replacements that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Our Penticton dentists will assist you in selecting the treatment option that is most appropriate for your specific oral health requirements.

What are dental bridges?

Fixed dental appliances called dental bridges "bridge" the space left by missing teeth. They are utilized to fill one or more tooth gaps. They cannot be removed safely by anyone other than a dentist because, unlike dentures, they are anchored permanently to the teeth on either side of the gap. Also called "permanent partial dentures."

How to care for your dental bridges

Once your dental bridge is in place, you can take care of it just like you would your natural teeth. If you take care of your bridge properly with frequent brushing and flossing, it should last for many years. Additionally, you ought to keep going to your dentist regularly.

What are dental implants?

An artificial tooth root made of a small titanium rod called a dental implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Replace missing teeth with dental implants. A secure and stable foundation for an artificial tooth can be created using titanium, a type of metal that can form bonds with the bone. The artificial tooth replacement is then attached with a dental crown (cap) on top of the implant.

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 take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. This includes a strong 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.

Additionally, you need to have enough jaw bone for the dental implant procedure to be successful. You might still be able to get an implant if you don't have enough jawbone, but you would need to have bone grafting surgery first to make sure the implant could be supported. As a result, the implant procedure would be a little more invasive and take longer.

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.

Our Penticton dentists will discuss your tooth replacement options with you and will assist you in selecting the most appropriate option for your dental health needs. Get in touch today for a consultation!

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