Implant vs Bridges
When it is a question of replacing missing teeth for a confident smile, one would like to take an informed decision. Here is a comparison between a Dental Bridge and an Implant, the two most sought after treatments for missing teeth.
A dental bridge is attached to the neighbouring healthy teeth surrounding a gap to create a bridge across the area. A cap is placed over each tooth and is accompanied by the bridge for replacement. Sometimes the two teeth on opposite sides of a gap are shaved down to accommodate a bridge.
A Dental Implant is a metal post, typically made of Titanium or Zirconium and is anchored in placeof a missing tooth. The complete process can take up to six months to complete but creates an incredibly stable, durable prosthetic.
Although there is no simple answer to a choice between an Implant or a Bridge, the implant will provide the most pleasing result with the final tooth looking just like your originaltooth. Implants also last longer and are known to even last you a lifetime without giving any trouble at all.
Implants just make life easier. While Dental Bridges create a different set of challenges in terms of keeping up a good oral hygiene, Implants, on the other hand, can replace teeth individually without affecting other teeth, making regular self-care more successful. After getting Dental Implants you can effectively brush and floss around it just like your natural tooth.
Success and Durability:
Clinical Studies over the years indicate that Dental Implants have a success rate well over 95% whereas Dental Dentures’ survival rate after only 10 yeas drops down to 50%. Dental implants are more durable than Dental Bridges allowing them to provide protection that lasts a lifetime. Another benefit of a Dental Implant is that it fuses with the jawbone and also promotes bone growth.
The Cost difference between Dental Implants and Dental Bridges may seem a lot but Bridges need more care and may need a replacement in the near future. Dental Implants may seem more expensive, but over time are more cost effective saving you from repeated visits to your dentist and the cost of repairs and restoration. Some companies are also providing cover for Implants making them a more sought after procedure than Bridges.
Now the decision of whether to go for a Dental Implant or a Dental Bridge should always be takenafter you consult your dentist as he/she knows your mouth and has the knowledge to guide you through what’s best for you. It must be noted that while Bridges are an older procedure, Implants are an advanced procedure with higher durability and cost effectiveness and therefore, a preferred option in the recent and coming times.