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Despite maintaining your oral health and regularly visiting your dentist, there may come a time where you may need to have one or more teeth replaced. Should you go with a bridge or an implant? Both are reliable teeth replacement options, but have considerable differences that you should consider.

What Are Dental Implants?

You should consider dental implants if you have lost a tooth or teeth due to an injury, periodontal disease, or any other reasons that could result in the loss of teeth.

What Are The Pros Of Dental Implants?

1. They do not impact other teeth – Dental implants are commonly made from titanium and naturally fuse with your jawbone.
2. They are durable – Dental implants can last up to 15 years.
3. They prevent bone loss – When you have missing teeth, there is a higher chance of bone loss. Implants can help preserve your jaw structure.

What Are The Cons Of Implants

1. You will require surgery in order to insert the implant into your jawbone.
2. It takes time to heal. When the implant is placed, bone has to develop around it, which will take approximately three to six months. The next step after your implant has been placed, an abutment has to be attached and the surrounding gum tissue will need to heal, which can take another few months. Note that everyone heals at different rates and some people may have a longer recovery time than others.
3. They may be expensive. Dental plans are not all the same and some don’t cover implants. Because it is a multi-step procedure, it can also be more expensive.

What Are Bridges?

Your dentist will attach a dental bridge to your remaining teeth surrounding a gap creating a “bridge” across the area. For traditional bridges, the teeth on the opposite side of the gap are shaved down in order to fit the bridge.

What Are The Pros Of Bridges?

1. You don’t have to remove them. Bridges are cemented to your remaining teeth, which means that you don’t have to remove them for cleaning.
2. It is a simple process: Your dentist will be able to install your bridges within two dental visits; however, this will depend on the current state of your oral health.

What Are The Cons Of Getting A Bridge?

1. More difficult to brush/floss: When you have a bridge, you have to brush and floss under the artificial tooth.
2. They have a shorter life span: Dental bridges have a lifespan of approximately 10 years because of the wear and tear that the neighboring teeth are subject to.

At Westney North Dental, we will help you choose the right solution for you. If you want more information about dental implants and bridges, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. With their knowledge and expertise, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about your treatment.