An implant-supported bridge is very similar to a dental bridge. However, the implant-supported bridge is supported by the implants, rather than the natural teeth.
Dental Bridge Versus Implants
While the bridge may have been a patient’s only choice in the past, now there are dental implants to help replace the individual missing teeth, and it provides a stronger and more permanent alternative.
A dental implant is going to be more durable than a bridge and will be able to provide the patient with protection that will last much longer. The implant is typically made of titanium, and this material will fuse with the bone through the osseointegration process. The material is also very resistive to decay and other gum problems.
Dental implants may also be able to provide you with more of the aesthetic you are looking for when you choose cosmetic or restorative dentistry to fix your smile. The tooth that is used can be matched to closely resemble the color of the neighboring teeth which will give the dental implants a more natural appearance.
While the costs associated with a dental bridge may be less initially, the replacement costs in the future can outweigh the cost of going with dental implants. Therefore, dental implants may prove to be the more cost-effective method.
No matter which method you choose to restore your smile and confidence, it is important to consult with your dentist about each step, each procedure, and the pros and cons associated with them both, so you are able to make an informed decision for yourself.
While the bridge to dental implants may be costly and time-consuming, the long-term results and cost-effective solution of the implants may be more suitable for you in the long run. Dental implants also allow a bit more time to budget and can be done in increments. For example, a lot of the time a bone graft may be needed before the dental implants can be placed. The bone graft will need several months to heal which provides a little extra time to budget for the final dental implants.