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Dental Bridges vs Implants - Which Works Better For You?

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Image of a dental bridge held in hand, at St. Louis Prosthodontics. Seeking tooth replacement solutions after suffering decay, injury, or aging issues? Two leading options - dental bridgework or implants - both satisfy smiles beautifully if chosen well. Understanding key differences helps discussions with dental experts guide ideal personalized plans.

Reviewing Traditional Bridge Solutions

Conventional bridges use adjacent sturdy teeth to anchor a replacement tooth/teeth prosthetic through bonding on each end. By contrast, implant bridgework requires surgically embedding metal bone posts first - thereafter supporting lifelike ceramic teeth replacements fused to these posts. Bridges mainly leverage suitable neighboring teeth already present rather than implants fusing attachments straight within the jawbone and gums.

Considering Aesthetic and Functional Factors

Aesthetically, both bridges and implants can provide natural-looking results. However, dental implants offer a more seamless and lifelike appearance since they are individually anchored into the jawbone. Implants also offer superior stability and chewing function compared to bridges, as they mimic the function of natural teeth more closely. For individuals seeking the highest level of aesthetics and functionality, dental implants may be the preferred option.

Exploring Longevity and Maintenance

When considering dental bridges, it is important to note that they typically last around 10 to 15 years with proper care. Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene practices are essential to maintain the health and longevity of bridges. On the other hand, dental implants have a longer lifespan, often lasting 30 years or more. With implants, maintenance is similar to natural teeth, involving regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups.

Comparing Restorative Factors

Although implants cost considerably more than bridges upfront, easier flossing/maintenance without any bonded anchor teeth risk - plus exceptional lifelong chewing capacity because of direct jaw fusion - favors implants for those with adequate bone density. However, bridges allow more conservatively filling gaps at lower cost without surgical steps - providing reliable aesthetic solutions through easier repairs later if needed.

In closing, while quality bridges and implants both satisfy smiles well, choosing the optimal option depends on discussing budgets, bone health, and which path best conserves or improves the surrounding oral environment in the long term. Schedule a thorough consultation soon to outline your needs.

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