Dental Implants vs Bridge
Dental Implant: Pros and Cons
One of the primary benefits of dental implant is that it maintains jaw health. After you lose a tooth the supporting bone loses it strength and starts to fade away since there is no continuing bite stimulation. With dental implants, each bite will stimulate the surrounding bone, hence preserving bone level and density. This will have a positive impact on your oral health as well as the contours of your face as you age. The implants also look better and will function like a real tooth.
Another key benefit of a dental implant is that it does not affect the adjacent teeth. Unlike bridgework, dental implants do not decay and you will be less likely develop gum disease with the implants in place. One consideration is that you need to undergo a surgical procedure to place the implant, and allow for healing time.
Dental Bridge: Pros and Cons
A dental bridge does not replace the tooth root. Instead it uses the teeth adjacent to the space of the missing tooth as supports. Crowns are placed on these adjacent teeth and a false tooth, or pontic, is supported by these crowns to close the gap. A surgical procedure is not required and this treatment is relatively quick, and easy. A standard bridgework can be completed within two dentist visits and is typically more economical than implants.
As the name implies, a dental bridge literally bridges the gap of the missing tooth. The bridge is anchored to the adjacent teeth and to do so these teeth are permanently filed down in order to place the crown as functional support. This process may weaken the adjacent teeth, making them vulnerable to decay.