Dental Implants Vs. Crowns & Bridges: Which Is Better?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be wondering whether you should replace your tooth with a dental implant, or with dental crowns & a bridge. What’s a better option? Find out in this article.
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant consists of two parts. The implant itself is a screw-shaped piece of titanium, which is surgically implanted into your gums and jaw, in the socket where your missing tooth used to be. It functions as an artificial root, and bonds permanently with the mouth.
The second part is an implant-supported restoration like a dental crown (false tooth). This crown is bonded to the implant permanently, restoring the natural look and function of your smile.
What Are Crowns & Bridges?
Crowns & bridges use two dental crowns, which attach to healthy teeth, to “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. These crowns are attached to your teeth, and then a bridge is used to suspend one or more false teeth in the gaps where your teeth used to be. This, in turn, restores your smile.
Are Dental Implants Better Than Crowns & Bridges?
Yes. There are a number of reasons that dental implants are the preferred method of restoring missing teeth at most dental offices.
- Preserve surrounding teeth – Having a bridge requires you to trim (intentionally damage) two healthy teeth. In contrast, a dental implant does not require any trimming of the surrounding teeth.
- More natural look & feel – Dental implants will never move or shift, since they are completely integrated with your jaw bone. They look and feel more natural compared to a bridge.
- Longer lifespan – With proper care, a dental implant can easily last 30+ years, and most patients keep them for the rest of their lives. In contrast, a dental bridge usually lasts 10 years, at most.
- Less special care required – All you have to do to care for a dental implant is to brush and floss properly, and see your dentist for a consultation every six months.
For these reasons and quite a few more, dental implants are usually superior to crowns & bridges.
Find Out The Best Option For Restoring Your Smile!
Still not sure if an implant or bridge is right for you? At Kantor Dental, we can help you learn more about each treatment, and pick the procedure that’s right for your budget, your preferences, and your oral health. Call us today.
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