The benefits of implants vs. bridges

Posted by Dr. Patel on Oct 14 2020, 08:58 AM

Dental implants and bridges are two popular teeth restorations used to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are made from titanium and dental-grade ceramic, whereas bridges are all-ceramic. If you have a missing tooth and wish to get it replaced by a prosthetic, you may be slightly confused about choosing the right option. Well, this brief read will help you understand why it is always better to choose dental implants over bridges.

  • Jawbone health

When a natural tooth is extracted, the jawbone tends to gradually deteriorate and shrink in size. Over time, it can lead to loosening of the teeth, change in jawbone shape, and ultimately resulting in tooth loss. Dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone, courtesy of the metal implant stud. The implant stud has grooves on its surface that hold the jawbone intact and fill the gap left by the missing tooth completely. Thereby, implants ensure better jawbone health.

In the case of dental bridges, the gap in the jawbone will be left as is, which allows the adjoining teeth to drift from their positions. Also, the underlying bone could shrink and gradually deteriorate, leading to poor jawbone health.

  • Avoid teeth shaving

Dental bridges are held in place with the help of crowns on either side of the prosthetic tooth. When your dentist prepares you for bridges, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from the adjoining teeth by gently shaving them. This leads to the loss of natural teeth tissues. However, with dental implants, there is no need for this procedure, as they are held stably in position by the metal stud.

  • Stress on the adjoining teeth

Since bridges are bonded to the adjoining teeth using crowns, greater stress is applied on them when you bite or chew food. This leads to persistent pain and discomfort and may also lead to misalignment of the teeth over a certain period. Since dental implants are independent structures, they are not connected to the adjoining teeth, which eliminates the strain applied on them.

  • Lifespan

Dental implants have a longer lifespan as they are stronger restorations. The metal implant stud is made from titanium, giving it excellent strength and durability. Also, the ceramic crown offers great resistance to wear and doesn’t stain easily. The implant stud usually lasts upwards of 15 to 20 years, and the crown may have to be replaced once every 5 to 7 years. In comparison, dental bridges have a lower life expectancy. Also, more issues tend to develop with bone loss.

It is best to choose dental implants over bridges as they offer superior functionality, oral health, and a significantly longer lifespan. Although the investment for implants is slightly more than that of bridges, it would be worth every penny considering all the advantages they offer.

Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel by calling us or reaching us through an online query, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.

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