When it comes to replacing any teeth you may be missing, there are more options available than ever before. Two of the most popular and most effective options are dental implants and bridges. An implant is the most realistic way of replacing a missing tooth, but the procedure is a little more invasive and expensive. Having a bridge fitted is usually a smaller investment and is much more straightforward, but it’s not quite as effective as an implant. Here we’ll look at both treatments to help you decide which is right for you.
The Case for Bridges
Having a dental bridge fitted is usually far less of a financial commitment than an implant. The procedure itself is much faster and less invasive, and there’s usually less prep work involved in having a bridge fitted.
If the teeth surrounding the missing tooth are in good health and will work well as an abutment, it may be recommended that you go with a bridge over an implant. In some cases, such as with patients with poor bone density, a dental implant will not be an option and a bridge will be preferred.
In short, a dental bridge is normally cheaper and more straightforward to have fitted than a dental implant.
The Case for Implants
While a bridge can be effective, it’s ultimately a shorter term solution than a dental implant. It’s highly dependent on the health of the surrounding teeth, and while it’s an effective way of filling a gap in your smile it’s not the same as having your original tooth in place.
Dental implants work in much the same way as your natural teeth. The implant functions as a tooth root, helping prevent degradation of the jaw bone and helping prevent your natural teeth from shifting. It’s the closest treatment to having your original missing tooth back. Modern treatments also allow for much faster results. Some dentists, such as white.co.uk, offer a ‘Teeth in a Day’ treatment, which provides a full set of dental implants in Southampton in just a single visit.
If properly looked after, you can expect an implant to last for a long time. With good hygiene and regular cleaning you can expect to have your implant for upwards of 15 years, which makes it a much longer lasting treatment than a bridge. These advantages are reflected in the cost of the treatment, but it’s a much more effective and long-lasting way of replacing missing teeth.
What’s Right for You?
Choosing a treatment will ultimately come down to your personal preferences and your budget. Implants will involve a higher upfront cost and are more of a time investment, but they provide a better quality result. Bridges are effective and relatively inexpensive when compared to implants, but won’t last as long.
If you’re insure which route to take, please book a consultation and we’ll discuss the benefits of each and help you reach a solution which works for you. We have an experienced and helpful team who will help you find the right solution for your missing teeth.