Comparing Dental Bridges to Dental Implants

Older Couple HuggingIf you’re missing a tooth or several teeth, it’s likely that you want to fill the space with a restoration that functions just like a healthy, natural smile. Des Moines dentistDr. Stephen Burds has provided many patients with high-quality tooth replacements. Two of the most common are dental implants and dental bridges. Are you confused about the differences between the two? We’ll provide you with a brief explanation.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are appropriately named. They are designed to bridge the gap in your smile left by one or more missing teeth. Fixed dental bridges provide a more permanent solution than traditional partial or full dentures. That said, bridges are a less invasive solution than dental implants. Dental bridges are fabricated to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile through shaping and color-matching your replacement teeth. For people with plenty of strong surrounding teeth remaining in their mouths, dental bridges may be the right solution. When you opt for a fixed dental bridge your results will yield a complete, fully functional, and natural looking smile.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants have become increasingly popular as a means for replacing missing teeth. Whereas dental bridges rest on top of the gum ridge and rely on crowns affixed to the abutment teeth on either side of the gap, dental implants are surgically placed through gum tissues and into the jawbone to simulate a natural tooth. Attached to the posts are extremely tooth-like dental crowns which are custom manufactured based on your measurements and the current shade of your surrounding smile. While the placement and healing process of dental implants is more invasive and extensive than dental bridges, the renewed ease and confidence with which you’ll speak, bite, chew, and smile is worth it to many patients. When in doubt, dental implants are arguably the best possible tooth replacement solution for longevity and a healthy jaw.

Visit your Des Moines Dentist

If you are interested in dental implants, contact your Des Moines dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.