At Acadian Family Dental we offer expert services for dental repair. Deciding whether to choose a dental implant or bridge for tooth restoration can be a tricky situation. So in this article, we’ll be explaining some key factors that distinguish one from the other and hope that you make a choice that suits your needs.
A dental implant is a tooth replacement that replaces the entire tooth along with the root rather than just fragments. It can be made from various materials and alloys including ceramic, gold, silver, etc. As the name suggests, they are implants, meaning that they are permanently affixed to the jawline. If you can picture a screw attached to the end of a tooth, that’s what an implant looks like.
Dental bridges are pieces used to create a replacement tooth. Two crowns are aligned adjacent to the missing tooth, and then a false tooth is placed between them. Through the cement bondage of these three pieces, a dental bridge is formed. A dental bridge can also be attached to the top of a dental implant that is fused directly into the jaw bone. Typically, a dental bridge placed on top of an implant is a better way to go.
Dental implants are very serious procedures and will require some form of anesthetic. The dental bridge, while also serious isn’t as tasking on your health as dental implants. Dental implants need the patient to be at a satisfactory prerequisite of health before surgery.
Another difference between the two is the design and its relation to hygiene. Since a dental implant is one entire tooth, caring for it should be much easier than managing three separate pieces bonded into one.
If you have any further questions regarding dental implants and dental bridges including the implementation as well as maintenance of them, then please give us a call or set up an appointment with us online today!