Closing the Gap: Dental Implants Vs Crowns & Bridges
You’ve lost a tooth or your dentist has recommended an extraction. Don’t you wish permanent teeth could just grow back?
You may have considered just leaving the gap, especially if it is located in the back of your mouth. However, replacing one or more missing teeth involves more than just restoring your smile. Your gums around the space atrophy. Other teeth can lean or topple, leading to further dental issues. Consider a bridge or dental implant instead.
The Pros and Cons of Implants and Bridges
Comparing implants and bridges can help you make an informed decision regarding these procedures. The time and expense (and perhaps dental insurance) may influence you. Depend on our cosmetic dentists at Dentistry Plus to advise you on the best procedure for you.
Crowns & Bridges involve capping the two teeth on either side of the gap and attaching a fake tooth in the middle of them. Note the initial lower expense of a bridge may be outweighed by the need to replace it after 5-15 years.
- Compromises adjacent teeth. The process involves removing their enamel and crowning them.
- Bone and gums can atrophy under the bridge.
- May require a root canal. (Additional time and expense for you.)
- Increases risk of gum disease and tooth decay for original teeth. Food can get trapped underneath, and flossing can be difficult.
- Eventually needs replacing.
- Work can be completed quickly during a couple of visits.
- Strong bond.
- Less invasive, no surgery required.
- Often preferable for front teeth.
- Upfront costs are higher.
- Not a quick fix. It requires longer preparation time, more appointments and a six month healing time before the permanent tooth is installed.
- More elaborate installation process. It involves surgery to bore a hole into the bone to hold the implant.
- If your jawbone doesn’t have enough density, you may also need bone grafts.
- More durable. May last indefinitely. Cost effective over the long term.
- Doesn’t involve other teeth.
- Decreases gum disease risks. Doesn’t decay, you can brush and floss around it.
- Natural looking.
- High long-term success rate.
- Prevents future bone loss.