Implants vs. Bridges | Van Buren, MO

stock19If you already have a dental bridge or are contemplating the benefits of implants vs. bridges, Pryor Family Dental is here to help. While both bridges and implants can repair a missing tooth, only dental implants can completely restore your smile. There are multiple benefits to choosing implants over bridges.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge basically bridges the gap when a tooth is lost. The bridge, made of up two or more crowns, is secured to the teeth on either side of the gap. Once the bridge is secure, an artificial tooth called a pontic is then placed. While dental bridges can replace the missing tooth, they may not the be the best long-term solution to restore your smile.

The Downside Of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are great to fix a missing tooth, but they may not be the best choice in the long run. Some disadvantages of dental bridges include:

  • The teeth on either side of the dental bridge end up supporting the device, putting undue pressure and wear on the surrounding teeth.
  • Dental bridges will eventually need to be replaced, usually every 10-15 years.
  • Bridges are great for replacing one missing tooth, but if you are missing multiple teeth it becomes difficult to replace the teeth because there are not enough teeth to support the bridge.
  • Flossing between the dental bridge can be time consuming.

Why Should I Choose Implants Over A Dental Bridge?

While dental bridges are great in certain situations, overall, a dental implant will be a better long-term solution. Some of the benefits that come with choosing to have implants include:

  • Implants are permanent. They will never need to be replaced, unlike dental bridges.  
  • Implants are easy to maintain. Brushing and flossing your implant is just like maintaining your natural teeth. No extra time or consideration is needed.
  • Dental implants can be used for replacing one or more missing teeth.
  • No pressure or stress is put on the surrounding teeth, unlike with dental bridges. Dental implants are self-sustaining structures that do not need support.
  • Dental implants help to restore and maintain a healthy jawbone. This is especially important if the bone has begun to deteriorate due to tooth loss.

Sometimes dental implants are used to support bridges. One of the drawbacks of “implant-supported bridges” are that they are permanent and cannot be easily removed if the tooth fitted with the bridge needs further work.

Choosing between having a dental bridge or a dental implant can be a difficult decision. Dr. Pryor and her caring team are here to help you decide which option is best for you and your overall oral health. Call our Van Buren, MO office today at 573-323-4287 to schedule your free consultation and find out which option is best for you.