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You can opt for bridges or implants to address oral issues such as tooth loss. Both are common treatments with distinct technicalities and thus it is key that you know about the two to make an informed choice. Let us take you through it
Preparation and drilling of the jawbone are done to receive the implant under local anesthesia. In certain cases, a bone graft may be needed if the bone does not have enough height or lacks strength.
Following insertion of the implant, a healing period of 3-6 months is observed to allow a proper union between the jawbone and the implant.
A second surgical procedure is done to expose the implant head and provide an attachment for the final prosthesis such as a dental crown.
The last stage involves the placement of the final prosthesis to the implant. The prosthesis may either be cemented or screwed once the surrounding tissue has healed, post the second surgery.
The adjacent teeth must first be filed into the proper form before the bridge can be affixed to them.
A mould of your teeth is taken using a special dental putty and sent to the lab for the bridge to be created.
Once the mould is received by your dentist, the bridge will be cemented in the empty space and the crowns on the adjacent teeth.
Usually lower upfront costs
Needs to be replaced every 4 to 6 years
Quick solution for missing teeth
Requires minor surgical steps since implants are permanent
Same care as natural teeth
Looks and functions like natural teeth
One-time investment. Preserves facial structure and jaw bones
Permanent and sturdy
The better option between a bridge and an implant depends on several factors, including:
A dentist can help determine the best option based on an individual's specific needs and circumstances.
Yes, dental implants are generally stronger than bridges.
Implants are designed to replace the root of a missing tooth and are securely anchored into the jawbone, making them a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth.
Bridges, on the other hand, are supported by the surrounding natural teeth, which can put pressure on these teeth and increase the risk of future decay or gum disease.
Regular maintenance and good oral hygiene can help ensure the longevity and strength of both options.
Placement of a dental bridge typically involves reshaping or removing some of the natural teeth, which can cause some discomfort or pain during and after the procedure. Pain can also occur if the bridge does not fit properly or if the surrounding teeth and gums are affected by decay or gum disease.
Placement of dental implants involves a surgical procedure to insert the implant into the jawbone, which can cause some discomfort or pain during and after the procedure.
Pain can also occur if the implant does not heal properly or if there is any damage to the surrounding tissues.
Pain can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medication. A dentist can provide specific recommendations for managing pain after either procedure.
Dental implants are not recommended for individuals with:
Individuals who may not be good candidates for a dental bridge include:
A permanent dental bridge can feel similar to natural teeth, but it may take time to adjust to the feel of the bridge. The degree to which a bridge feels natural can also depend on the quality of the materials used, the skill of the dental professional who places the bridge, and the individual's own ability to adapt to the new appliance.
There are several reasons why a person may choose a dental bridge instead of an implant, including:
Yes, it is possible for a dental bridge to last 30 years or more with proper care and maintenance
Typically, dental bridges tend to be less expensive upfront compared to dental implants. The average cost of a dental bridge can range from 50,0000 to 1,50,000 while the average cost of a single dental implant can range from 50,0000 to 1,50,000 or more.
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