Making the choice between a bridge and an implant can be quite confusing for an ordinary person. Most patients just do not know what the best is for them. Both of these choices feel and look great when used in a patient. However, you should note that both require regular teeth cleaning to continue functioning as intended.
A fixed bridge is a form of a tooth replacement, which is held in place by being attached to the adjacent natural teeth. The bridge is attached either by using a metal frame or porcelain. However, every tooth replacement requires a three-unit bridge. Additionally, the healthy teeth must have some of their enamel removed, increasing the risk of a tooth infection.
A dental implant does not affect the adjacent teeth. A titanium metal pieces placed directly into the living jawbone. After the bone and the implant have fused, a crown restoration is done to complete the prosthetic tooth procedure. These implants do not decay and there is little chance of gum disease with continuous proper care.
If you are planning to use either of them, your choice will be dependent on numerous factors. Here are some of the most important factors that the experts at Vital Dental think you should keep in mind. Read then carefully and use them to make your choice.
- The Amount of Bone Available
One major benefit of having an implant is that it prevents further loss of bone in the extraction site. In fact, it stimulates the growth of bone material, which is important for maintaining a good facial structure.
However, if your tooth has been missing for a while, it means that there is little bone left in the area. That means that you may require a bone graft to get enough bone into that area for the operation. However, if the implant is going to be too close to the nerve canal or sinus, a bridge may be recommended. Insisting on an implant could have a lasting impact on your sinuses and your nerves. This procedure is recommended for people with wide and deep bone.
- The Quality of Adjacent Teeth
If you choose a fixed bridge, you adjacent teeth must be strong enough to support the replacement tooth. If the teeth have been weakened due to bone loss that was caused by gum disease, it may be better to consider an implant. If the neighboring teeth having existing crowns, a bridge would be the best choice. The reason is that the neighboring teeth can be restored during the tooth replacement.
- The Location
If you are planning a dental implant in the front teeth, it may not work as expected. The reason for this is that the artificial root could be visible through the thin gums of the front teeth. If you are planning an implant, it works best if you put it in the back teeth. There is less chance of anyone noticing the metallic root.
- Think About The Cost
It is typically quite expensive to have an implant compared to getting a bridge. The average cost of a bridge replacement is $2700 to $3500. On the other hand, having an implant usually averages around $4000.
The cost difference get more pronounced when you have more teeth that need to be replaced. Replacing a pair of teeth with a bridge costs $3600 to $4800 while using implants will cost you $8,000. If you are on a tight budget, a bridge could make more economic sense.
- Think About Time
Getting an Dental implant usually takes about 4 months to have the procedure completed. The reason for this is that the roots have to be left in place for about 4 months to allow time for bone to grow around the titanium root. If a bone graft is required, it means you have to add about 6 more months to allow it to fuse with the jawbone.
Bridges do not usually take this long. Immediately after extraction, you can go home with a temporary bridge, which can then be replaced after 3 months when the site of extraction heals. If you require a great aesthetic look immediately, it would be best for you to consider a bridge.
- Your Personal Preferences
A good number of patients have a fear of surgery. For some reason, they fear going under the knife although the risk is minimal. Thus, they may not be comfortable with the idea of an implant, which involves a minor surgery.
Other patients are not comfortable with the idea of messing with adjacent teeth that have no history of fillings or restorations. Thus, they prefer an implant, which leaves their teeth intact. Neither of the procedures is better than the other, it all depends on what one prefers.
Many factors will have to be weighed as you make your decision. The factors listed above should help you make a logical choice as you plan to visit at Katy Dental Care. We have experts that can professionally handle both procedures. However, make sure that you have an extensive discussion with a professional before making your choice.