Implants vs. Bridges
Choosing the most suitable and budget friendly restoration for missing or damaged teeth from all of the available options, can be a daunting task. Both dental implants and bridges can help you restore missing or damaged teeth, however their approach and results are miles away from each other. This is why understanding the procedure before you make a decision is quite vital.
At Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS, we do not leave any stones unturned when a patient walks in for a dental restoration. Our highly trained and friendly staff take great pride in helping all of our patients. If you have finally made up your mind to look for a solution to restore your missing or damaged teeth, we can help.
Appearance and Functionality of Implants vs Bridges
Dental implants are miles ahead of bridges when it comes to aesthetics and functionality. Not only do they look and feel like natural teeth, they also help to restore your natural bite force and chewing habits. Bridges on the other hand, although quite discrete in appearance, do not feel as natural as implants.
Dental implants replace the root of the missing tooth, thereby preserving the quality and bone density in the bone underneath, naturally. Bridges, on the other hand, rely on support and strength from nearby healthy teeth to stay intact. That said, if you are looking for a long-term solution to your missing teeth, implants are a far better option than bridges.
Cost Of Implants vs Bridges
Implant-supported dental restorations require intensive surgery with the help of high-quality equipment and materials. Compared to the procedure for dental bridges, which don’t take more than a week, a dental implant surgery can cost significantly higher. It includes the cost of preparation for the surgery, the implants itself, abutments, and the crown.
The cost for getting a dental bridge is much less compared to implants as the procedure tends to be simpler and requires fewer visits to the dentist. Lastly, making a decision between implants and bridges based on the cost is not advisable as they both tend to provide discreet dental restorations but with varying short and long-term results.
Which Should I Choose?
There are many factors that can influence your decision when considering dental restorations. Depending on your gum health, budget, and number of missing or damaged teeth, some options might be more feasible to you than others. If the cost is your main concern, you might find that dental bridges can offer you a better short-term solution at a much lower price than implants.
Another factor that can influence your decision to get bridges over implants is underlying health conditions or parafunctional habits. People who smoke, drink, have diabetes, irregular blood pressure, HIV, or other immuno-deficiency disorders, are at a high risk of rejecting the implant. In such cases, our surgeons may choose to go with bridges over implants.
At Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS, we house a team of highly qualified and trained professionals who are dedicated to bringing your beautiful smile back. If you are interested in learning more about dental restorations or would like to book an appointment, feel free to give us a call at (315) 800-5020.