Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants: Choosing the Restoration for You

If you are missing teeth, it can be difficult to choose the right option for your restorative care. Both dental bridges and dental implants can fill the gaps in your smile, but each treatment offers its own advantages. Dr. Sol Weiss can perform both procedures and explain practical the benefits of dental bridges vs. dental implants at his Toronto, ON, office.

Illustration of a traditional bridge vs. dental implant

Dental Bridge Basics

A traditional dental bridge is made of multiple crowns fused together to replace one to three adjacent missing teeth. The dental crowns on each end will be attached to your natural teeth on both sides of the gap in your smile. These restorations can be made from a variety of materials to match your budget and your needs. A traditional bridge can restore both the form and function of your smile, and can prevent other teeth from shifting out of place. These restorations are able to provide unique advantages over dental implants, including:

  • Lower cost
  • Shorter treatment timeline
  • Fewer office visits
  • Covered by most insurance plans

Dental Bridge Placement

During your first visit, your teeth will be prepared to support your bridge. Dr. Weiss will gently reshape these teeth with special dental tools. He will work conservatively to only remove the necessary amount, and will preserve as much healthy tissue as possible. We will then make impressions of your teeth to guide the fabrication of your bridge. Dr. Weiss can place a temporary while you wait for your dental bridge to be completed, a period that usually takes about two weeks. Once your bridge is ready, you will return to the office. Dr. Weiss will ensure your restoration fits properly, make any necessary changes, and then bond it in place.

Dental Implants Basics

Dental implants are the gold standard restorative procedure to replace teeth. The small, metal posts replace tooth roots, while a custom restoration tops your implant, replacing your tooth from root to cusp. Implants are made of titanium and are surgically inserted. These implant posts will send out regenerative signals, preserving your jawbone and the shape of your facial features. You can replace one tooth with a single implant and a dental crown, or multiple teeth with an implant-supported bridge. If you are missing more teeth, you may be more suited to an implant-supported partial or full denture.

Implant-supported restorations provide significant benefits over traditional bridges, such as:

  • Improved oral health
  • Unparalleled stability
  • Preservation of healthy teeth
  • Lower risk of cavities and decay
  • Regular oral hygiene
  • Lifelike feel and look

Dental Implant Placement

To place implants, Dr. Weiss will create a small space for the in your gum and jawbone. Next, he will place the implant with special dental tools. Your jawbone must be dense enough to support the implant. If you need additional jawbone regeneration, you may be able to receive bone grafting to restore strength and density in your jaw. Once the implants are in place, they will fuse with your jawbone over the course of four to six months. Once your jaw has healed, Dr. Weiss can attach a permanent restoration that will completely restore your smile.

Dental implants offer superior periodontal support and jawbone stimulation, which is something that traditional bridges cannot offer.

Comparing Your Options

Dental implants and dental bridges are wonderful solutions for patients who are missing one or more teeth. Both restorative treatments can restore your oral form and function, preventing other teeth from shifting out of place. However, dental implants offer superior periodontal support and jawbone stimulation, which is something that traditional bridges cannot offer. An implant-supported bridge or crown is a great option for patients who want permanent, unrivalled stability for their restorations. For patients who do not have enough bone tissue to support dental implants, or who are on a limited budget, a traditional bridge may be a better option.

Find the Right Restoration for You

Living with missing teeth can have a significant impact on your confidence, social life, and overall health. Dr. Weiss is a highly skilled and qualified dentist who can bring health and happiness back to your smile. Contact us today to find out how he can restore your oral form and fucntion.

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