By Aspen Dental
Dental Implants vs Bridges
If you need to replace a lost or extracted tooth, there are few options to consider, including a dental implant and a dental bridge. Both are great methods, but one method may work better than the other for your unique situation.
Dental implants can be made to look exactly like the rest of your teeth. If you have a missing tooth that shows when you smile, it’s recommended to get a dental implant. Dental bridges don’t look as natural, but if you’re missing a back tooth, it won’t matter as much because nobody can see it when you smile.
Because the false tooth in a dental bridge is only held in place by the supporting caps on the surrounding teeth and is not implanted into the gum, it’s possible that your jawbone in that area will deteriorate. This is less common with a dental implant because the new tooth is connected to your bone by a titanium post and stimulates the jawbone.
Dental bridges require more meticulous care in order to keep them clean because you have to maneuver around the crowns to floss. Caring for a dental implant is just as easy as caring for a real tooth.
Dental implants initially may cost more than a dental bridge, but they are more cost-effective in the long run. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, while dental bridges need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.
If you are choosing between a dental bridge or a dental implant, come see us at Aspen Dental of Cache Valley. We’ll help you decide what’s right for you.