There are pros and cons to the use of both dental bridges and implants. Both are used to replace missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth is important because it will prevent the shifting of the teeth in the mouth. Furthermore, jawbone deterioration can occur when spaces are left in the gums.
Dental bridges consist of a bridge that is anchored to abutment teeth. The number of abutment teeth varies depending on the number of teeth the bridge is intended to replace. Dental bridges are often used in order to replace multiple teeth. They can be used regardless of the density of the jawbone.
However, dental bridges often require the removal of enamel on the abutment teeth that support the bridge, in order to make room for the bridge to be placed. A dental bridge will provide a cohesive appearance when replacing multiple teeth.
A dental implant involves implanting a screw into the jawbone. A tooth-like attachment is screwed in to replace the missing tooth. This aids more with jawbone deterioration than dental bridges, because the jawbone will eventually grow around the implant. Implants can only be used when the jawbone has enough density to support the implant in the first place.
Bone grafting is an option to increase the density of a jawbone, which can allow implants to be viable. Bone grafting will require multiple procedures, as well as an extensive waiting period, but it can allow implants to be an option when the jawbone isn’t quite dense enough.
Dental bridges and implants are ideal for different circumstances. It may be necessary to consult with your dentist to determine the proper method for replacing your missing teeth. For more information about dental bridges and implants, contact us at Avenues Dentistry today.