Dental Bridge v/s Dental Implants
Dental Bridge VS Dental Implants: comparison of costs and benefits
Whether you need a dental implant or bridge work, it depends upon your dental health conditions. Having one or more natural teeth missing, you can go for one of the two types of tooth replacement procedures. These are Dental Bridge and Dental Implant.
Dental bridges are mainly used to bridge the hollow space created by one or more missing teeth. In this procedure, the bridge is supported by adjacent natural or implanted teeth by using one or more crowns for the teeth on each part of the gap.
There are typically three types of bridges:-
- Traditional Bridges
- Cantilever Bridges
- Maryland Bonded Bridges
- Simple procedure
- Less Aesthetically Pleasing
- Periodic Replacement
- Damage Natural Teeth
Dental implants are considered a very good option in cases where you lost a tooth or teeth due to an injury or any periodontal disease. It is basically a titanium post which acts a tooth root. This post supports a crown which is surgically inserted into the patient’s jawbone and then it is ensured that it is anchored in place properly. This process of anchoring is called as Osteointegration which takes up to 3-6 months. After 3-6 months, an abutment is attached to this titanium post (artificial root). This provides an area where the dental crown is screwed into.
There are mainly two types of dental implants:-
- Endosteal Implants
- Subperiosteal Implants
Now, let us discuss the pros and cons of Dental implants.
- Little maintenance
- Natural appearance
- Protection to jawbone
- No strain on teeth
- Need to go through a surgery
- Involves a good amount of time
- Cost may depend and vary from case-to-case
You can consider these facts to make a decision as per your convenience. If you want long lasting result, then you can opt for dental implants which will last long for more than 15 years as compared to dental bridges which last long for 5-7 years. But the cost factor may disturb you as dental implants are rarely covered by your insurance company as compared to dental bridges which is mostly covered. You may also suffer with some bone or gum loss in dental bridge but there is little to no bone or gum loss in dental implants. You may need to visit your dentists for routine check-ups in 3-6 months in dental implantation as compared to dental bridgework which requires at least 2-3 visits over few weeks. And it is easier to maintain oral hygiene with dental implants.
Whatever procedure you are comfortable with, Dental Bridge or Dental Implant, our team at Lincoln Dental ensures you a professionally done dental procedure with a great sense of satisfaction on your part.
Do contact us at 03 9850 1713 or book an appointment online at our website www.lincolndental.com.au. Stay healthy and keep smiling.