If you want to restore your smile and quality of life by replacing missing teeth, dental implants and dental bridges are two popular solutions, each with their own differences in appearance, application, and longevity. Not sure which option's right for you? Read on for some helpful information.
What Are Implants And Bridges?
Dental implants are artificial teeth usually made from titanium and fixed in place of a missing tooth. A dental bridge uses surrounding teeth as a support, the crown will be attached to the supporting teeth with an extension (pontic) that fills the gap.
How Are Implants And Bridges Fitted?
To fit a dental implant, a bio-compatible screw is placed which will fuse to your jawbone. While this is a lengthy process, often taking up to six months, it will leave a sturdy, lasting prosthetic. Once fusion is complete, the protective cover over the screw is replaced with a temporary crown, around which your gum will adapt to. The process is complete when the temporary crown is replaced with a permanent fixture.
Fitting a dental bridge usually takes less time, but it can be more invasive. As a bridge will require permanent alteration of surrounding teeth, these teeth need to be reduced to allow sufficient thickness and retention for the bridge.
Which Option Is Right For Me?
When you visit our team at L&R Dental, we will spend time exploring your dental health, circumstances and wishes to help you determine your options.
You may not qualify for implants if you:
- Are still going through adolescence, as implants require complete bone growth
- Have poor bone density or bone structure
- Are a smoker, as there is a higher risk of implant failure
- Have uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, or periodontal disease, as you may require additional treatments in order to be eligible.
Dental bridges tend to carry less invasive procedures, so qualifying as a candidate isn't as difficult. You may not qualify for a bridge if you:
- Have teeth that are unable to support the potential load that will be placed on the bridge
- Have periodontal disease, tooth decay, chips or cracks in your teeth, as you may require preparatory treatments first.
What About Cost?
Dental implants can be a costly procedure, whereas Dental bridges can be more affordable.
You might wonder why someone would choose an implant over a bridge, given the higher costs, more stringent requirements, and lengthy procedure. Implants would not require preparation to neighbouring teeth. While they cost more upfront, their benefits do make them a cost-effective solution in the long run.
Interested In A Dental Crown Or Bridge? Choose L&r Dental Toowoomba
At L&R Dental Toowoomba, we understand a quality smile is important to you. Our friendly team of dentists and hygienists is committed to delivering outstanding treatment in a welcoming and comfortable space. Contact us today on (07) 4632 1374.