If you have a missing tooth, you may be weighing up your options in terms of dental implants and dental bridges. Tooth replacement treatments have come a long way, and they create stunning results. Every treatment has pros and cons. If you’re unsure which option to go for, hopefully, you’ll find this article useful.
Dental bridges are restorations, which are commonly used to replace a single tooth or a small number of gaps. There are different types of bridge available, but the most common is the traditional fixed bridge. This bridge is made from a false tooth, which is fused to a crown on both sides. Bridges are often made using ceramics including porcelain, for natural results, and the process takes around 2-3 weeks. Bridges are not a permanent solution, but they usually last up to 15 years.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss. Implants are placed inside openings in the jaw bone and they integrate into the bone tissue. The implant effectively becomes the tooth root, and once it has healed, the crown section is replaced using a crown, a bridge or a denture. Implants are more expensive than dentures and bridges, but they last a lot longer and they provide superior aesthetics and functionality. Implants are also more versatile, as they are compatible with a range of restorations, but treatment takes a lot longer. Although same-day systems are available, traditional implant treatment usually takes up to 8 months.
When weighing up the pros and cons, it’s best to think about your individual situation and how many teeth you’ve lost, your budget, the time you want to devote to treatment, and the kind of expectations you have once treatment has been completed. Our experienced dentists can provide you with all the information you need, and offer suggestions and recommendations based on your needs and preferences.
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