Implant vs. Crown-Supported Bridge: Weighing Options for Missing Teeth

Toronto Implant vs Crown-supported Bridges

At The Art of Dentistry here in Toronto, we offer a number of solutions when patients are missing teeth. Dental bridge is an ideal solution when a person is missing a few teeth in a row, providing cosmetic and restorative benefits.

With this in mind, let’s go over the basics of dental bridges and look at two types of fixed bridges that may benefit you. The ideal treatment option can be discussed in full detail during your visit to the practice.

About Traditional Dental Bridges (Removable)

A traditional dental bridge is worn in order to fill a gap left behind when a patient is missing a few teeth in a row. The dental bridge is removable, and it is held in place by latching around the teeth that are adjacent to the gap. This allows for generally good stability and hold, allowing patients to smile with confidence and bite and chew as they normally would.

Keep in mind that the traditional dental bridge is removable, whereas the crown- and implant-supported dental bridges that we will look at are fixed. This means greater stability than a traditional dental bridge.

About Crown-Supported Dental Bridge

Crown-supported dental bridge refers to a dental bridge that has dental crowns on either side of it that are used to cap the teeth adjacent to a tooth gap. By doing this, the tooth gap is filled with the artificial teeth of the bridge and held in place thanks to the crowns on the adjacent teeth.

The Advantages of Crown-Supported Dental Bridge

Crown-supported dental bridges offer a much stronger hold than a traditional dental bridge. The crowns that cap the teeth mean added stability and little chance of the bridge slipping when speaking or eating.

Ideal Candidates for Crown-Supported Dental Bridge

The best candidates for crown-supported dental bridges are people who have teeth on either side of the tooth gap. This generally leads to the most ideal kind of hold for the dental bridge, with support on both sides of the tooth gap. Patients should have realistic expectations about the nature of the procedure and what it can achieve as well.

About Implant-Supported Dental Bridge

Implant-supported dental bridges refer to the use of implant dentistry in order to fix the bridge in place. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue, serving as new tooth roots for a dental appliance. The bridge is snapped into place on the implants.

The Advantages of Implant-Supported Dental Bridge

Dental implants provide the strongest possible hold for a dental bridge or denture since they function just like natural tooth roots. In addition, dental implants will prevent problems with bone loss and gum recession, which is something that other kinds of dental appliance solutions can address.

Ideal Candidates for Implant-Supported Dental Bridge

The best candidates for implant-supported dental bridges are people who have healthy jawbone and gum tissue in the area of the tooth gap. They should be in good overall health and able to tolerate the oral surgery procedure for the placement of the dental implants. Following surgery, patients will need to heal for several months before the bridge can be supported by the implants, so patients must have realistic expectations about the nature of the recovery process.

Schedule a Consultation at The Art of Dentistry

Are you interested in finding out more about your options for filling gaps left by tooth loss? If so, it’s important to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. At The Art of Dentistry, we will be more than happy to help you with all of your dental health goals.