Implants vs Bridges

What Are the Pros and Cons of Each?

Sometimes our Draper, Utah dental patients find themselves in a position where they need to replace missing teeth. When this occurs, the two main options they have are implants and bridges. What are the pros and cons of each?

A Closer Look at Dental Implants

A dental implant involves surgically placing a state of the art titanium root replacement in your jawbone where your original tooth was, then mounting a replacement tooth on the top of the post to fill the empty spot and give you a natural looking smile.

One of the major pros of getting a dental implant is that it doesn’t put any strain on the teeth adjacent to the open area. Implants are also fairly low maintenance and, if taken care of, can last for the rest of your life.

Implants aren’t for everyone though. Some of our dental patients prefer to avoid the surgical procedure that is necessary to place the state of the metal post in the jawbone. 

What It Means to Get a Bridge

Another option for replacing missing teeth is a dental bridge. A bridge can be used to replace one or more lost teeth and consists of anchoring the new false teeth to the natural teeth on both sides of the open area.

One reason our dental patients choose to go with a bridge over an implant is that no surgery is involved in this procedure. That makes this option quicker and easier since no recovery time is involved.

It should also be noted that, in some cases, dental bridges are the only option. Such as if there is significant bone loss or damage to the jaw area. What are some reasons you might not want a bridge?

Because of the way a bridge is designed, it does place some level of strain on the teeth adjacent to it since they are providing support for the bridge itself. This does require that these supporting teeth are healthy, so they’re able to stand up to the job. Bridges also don’t tend to last as long as implants, often needing to be replaced after 10 or 15 years.

Still Not Sure If You Want a Dental Implant or Bridge?

How do you know which option to choose? Here at Oak Hollow Dentistry in Draper, Utah, our professional and expert staff can help you decide, providing you the information you need based on your own individual situation and desired outcome.
Contact us today and, together, we can pick the option that is best for you!

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