Bridges vs. Implants: Which Is Right for You?
If you’re missing a tooth, you might feel embarrassed or self-conscious. But you’re not alone. Experts estimate that over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. A missing tooth is more than just a cosmetic issue—missing teeth impact your oral health too.
Thankfully, you don’t have to be stuck with a gapped smile forever. At Caspian Dental Center, Dr. Alieh Rastegari and our experienced team know that a full set of teeth is vital to your oral health. We offer several methods for restoring your smile, including bridges and implants.
Not sure which one is right for you? We can help you determine your best options during your initial consultation, but in the meantime, explore the differences between these two options.
Benefits of replacing your missing tooth
Whether you opt for a dental bridge or implant, you’ll experience the benefits of replacing a missing tooth. Not only do bridges and implants improve the appearance of your smile, but they work to boost your oral health too.
Replacing a missing tooth makes it easier to eat and chew properly. It’s also easier to speak clearly, and this matters even more if you’re missing multiple teeth.
Who is a good candidate for dental bridges?
As the name implies, a dental bridge acts like a bridge and closes the gap between two teeth. A dental bridge consists of a few basic components, including crowns (that go on the natural teeth surrounding the gap) and a pontic (the prosthetic tooth).
Dental bridges are best for people with:
- You have one or two missing teeth
- You don’t want implant surgery
- You can’t have an implant surgery due to underlying health conditions
A dental bridge may not be ideal if you’re missing an entire row of teeth.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
On the other hand, a dental implant doesn’t require any of your natural teeth to support a prosthetic tooth. Instead of using crowns on your teeth, a dental implant gains its strength from being surgically implanted into your jaw bone. Dental implants are easy to care for and very strong.
Dental implants are best for people with:
- You want a permanent solution for missing teeth
- You have healthy jaw bone to support your dental implant
- You have more than one missing tooth (implants can also support bridges)
Even if you don’t have enough jaw bone right now—that doesn’t mean you’re out of the running! Some individuals are good candidates for sinus lifts and bone grafts, which can help turn your dreams of getting an implant into a reality.
Ready to discuss your options? We’re here for you!
If your tooth is missing, there’s no reason to hide your smile any longer. At Caspian Dental Center, we offer several options for restoring your teeth, so that you can maintain good oral health while flashing your dazzling smile.
To request an appointment at our Katy, Texas, dental clinic, give us a call at 832-263-6174. Don’t want to wait to call? No problem! Give our easy-to-use scheduling tool a try.