What are dental bridges?
Bridges are a dental fixture that literally "bridges" the gap between two teeth where the missing teeth once were.
Because they are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap, unlike dentures, they can only be safely removed by a dentist. They are also known as "permanent partial dentures."
How to care for your dental bridges
Once your dental bridge has been installed, you can treat it in the same way that you would treat your natural teeth. Your bridge should last for many years if you maintain it properly with regular brushing and flossing. You should also continue to see your dentist on a regular basis.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw places in the area of the missing tooth that eventually bonds with the jaw bone to serve as a replacement for the missing tooth root. Titanium is a type of metal that has the ability to form bonds with natural bone, making it a secure and stable foundation for an artificial tooth. A dental crown (cap) is then placed on top of the implant to serve as the artificial tooth replacement.
When used together, the dental crown and implant have a very similar appearance and feel to a natural tooth.
How to care for your dental implants
Like with bridges, you should take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. This includes a strong brushing and flossing routine, and regular visits to the dentist.
How do I know which option is right for me?
There are advantages to both dental implants and bridges. One potential contributing aspect could be financial; discuss the cost of these procedures and appliances with your dentist.
The placement of dental implants is significantly more invasive than the placement of dental bridges. However, dental implants can often appear and feel more natural than dental bridges.
At the end of the day, the only way to determine which tooth replacement option is best for you is to consult with your dentist.