Both dental bridges and dental implants are 'dental restoration' options offered by our North Vancouver dentists which that fill the space left by missing teeth.
Why Consider Replacing Missing Teeth?
Leaving gaps in the teeth can result in serious dental problems, so it is important that a missing tooth or teeth be replaced as soon as possible.
If you don't replace the tooth, the surrounding teeth will eventually shift out of position, causing issues like discomfort, TMJ symptoms, difficulty chewing or speaking, and possibly tooth decay and gum disease.
Missing teeth will also cause the supporting jaw bone to deteriorate over time, resulting in changes in the appearance of your whole face.
How do I know whether to choose a dental implant or a bridge?
Dental implants are tooth root replacements made of titanium and capped with a dental crown to permanently replace a tooth.
Dental bridges, on the other hand, are dental appliances that 'bridge' the gaps left by missing teeth. They are typically attached to the adjacent teeth, or in some cases, to a dental implant placed for the purpose.
The benefit of dental implants is that they look, act and feel just like natural teeth do, and are a secure and permanent option.
However, if the tooth or teeth have been missing for a long time, the gum and bone will have receded to some extent. This will mean that additional, more invasive procedures may be required in preparation for the implant, such as bone and gum grafts. For some people, getting an implant is not worth the time, discomfort and expense.
Dental bridges, on the other hand, are a less invasive restoration option, and they typically cost less than implants as well. So depending on your general health needs, your willingness to undergo dental surgery, and your budget, a dental bridge may be a good option for you.