Dental Bridges and Implants – How Are They Different?
Dentistry has a come a long way in the past few decades, giving us more and more options for solving common problems like tooth loss. Today you can choose from a bridge, dental implant, or comfortable, natural-looking dentures to restore function and appearance.
Choosing the Right Solution for You
There are no solutions in dentistry that work for all people all the time. Both have pros and cons, and the best option for you is the one that fits all your unique needs including your goals for a better smile and your budget.
A dental implant is an artificial titanium tooth root that’s placed surgically in your jaw and left to heal. The implant gains strength and stability as it heals and provides a stable base for the restoration we attach to it.
Dental implants are considered to be the healthiest replacement solution because the artificial root helps prevent deterioration of the bone in your jaw, which is common with tooth loss.
Fixed Dental Bridges
A fixed bridge is a dental prosthetic that sits in the open space left by a missing tooth. It is typically made in three pieces: an artificial tooth called a pontic that sits in the space and crowns on either side that your dentist attaches to anchor teeth on either side.
One drawback to a bridge versus an implant is that your dentist must alter the structure of the anchor teeth, which results in a three-tooth solution for a one-tooth problem. However, bridges tend to be more affordable and are still an excellent choice for many people dealing with tooth loss.
We'll Help You Choose the Right Solution for You
Still need more information about dental implants and bridges in Woodinville, WA? Please call our office to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists. They will be happy to explain the pros and cons of each so you can make a confident, informed decision about your treatment.