There are pros and cons to every dental procedure, especially when you're considering replacing a tooth. The same is true for dental bridges, especially when comparing them with dental implants. It's good to understand the benefits and drawbacks of dental procedures so you can select the right one for your needs. Here's what you should know about dental bridges.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
If you're missing one or more adjacent teeth, a dental bridge can be an excellent solution to replace your teeth without any surgical procedures, as dental implants require.
A bridge uses two crowns as anchors for one or multiple prosthetic teeth placed in between to "bridge" the gap left by your missing teeth. On the other hand, getting a dental implant requires surgically placing it into your jawbone, where it integrates with your bone to become your new tooth root and eventually supports a porcelain crown that attaches to it after healing.
The Cons of a Dental Bridge
There are a couple of downsides to dental bridges:
- They require your dentist to alter two healthy teeth to anchor your bridge,
- They don't replace your tooth root like a dental implant, which eventually leads to bone loss.
- They will break down over time and require replacement, typically after 10 to 15 years.
The Pros of a Dental Bridge
There are also a few advantages over dental implants that bridges provide:
- They tend to be less expensive than dental implants.
- They don't require surgery for placement.
Contact Us to Learn More about Tooth Replacement
Thinking about tooth replacement is a big decision! We want to help you make the right choice for your lifestyle, smile goals, and budget.
Dr. Simpkins has helped hundreds of patients restore their smiles with tooth implants and dental bridges in Sarasota, and she would love to talk with you about your options. Call us at (941) 921-2122 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Simpkins.