Are dental bridges better than implants?
A dental bridge is an excellent remedy for replacing a missing tooth: It is a replacement for the missing tooth that is anchored to the existing adjacent teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns with an artificial tooth, called a pontic, in the middle that replaces the missing tooth. Because the adjacent teeth must act as support for the replacement tooth, their shape and position would affect the preparation of the adjacent teeth.
If multiple consecutive teeth are missing, a dental bridge may be more suitable than an implant because separate implants must be surgically attached to the jawbone for each missing tooth, which is costly and often unrealistic. If a single tooth is missing, a dental implant may be a better option because of its durability and natural-looking appearance.
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Gaps and spaces resulting from missing teeth can lead to bite problems and shifting or rotating of adjacent teeth, speech impediments, and an increased risk for periodontal disease. It is, therefore, imperative to consult with a dentist.
It is always good to consult a cosmetic dentist for dental bridges on the front teeth (aesthetic area) because it is essential to have excellent results on your teeth and gums, and on your smile. A dental bridge is the one you may opt for if you want a faster result.
If you wish long-term durability with a natural tooth-like function and minimally invasive dentistry, you may want to go with the dental implant.
Dr. Shimizu is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. There are 419 dental professionals worldwide (Only four in Houston) as of 2022 who have achieved this prestigious honor.