Dental Implant vs. Bridge

Dental Implant vs. Bridge

Modern dentistry provides us with different treatment options that can help us restore our oral health. If you have one missing tooth, for example, you can get a dental implant to fix your smile. 

But, what if you are missing more than just one tooth? Can you still get a dental implant or is a bridge a better option? 

To find out the answer, it's important to know the differences between an implant and a dental bridge. 

What Is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants can help replace an entire tooth, including the root. The dentist will insert a metal post into your jawbone. After the implant fuses with the surrounding tissue and has enough support, the dentist will place the abutment and dental crown. 

Pros and Cons 

Dental implants come with many pros, including:

  • Longevity - the implant itself can last a lifetime while the crown can last up to 20 years. 

  • They look and feel very natural. 

  • They help restore both the function and aesthetics of your teeth. 

  • They integrate well with the rest of the teeth in your mouth. 

  • They have a very high success rate.


While generally great, dental implants also have some disadvantages: 

  • The process is very long and can take up to six months or even longer depending on your oral health. 

  • Implants are considerably more expensive than other restorative options. 

  • Although the chances are extremely low, failure can still occur. 

What Is Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are also used to replace one or several missing teeth. They work by filling the gap between two existing teeth using dental crowns. Bridges do not replace the tooth root, but they can successfully restore the look and function of your teeth. 

Pros and Cons

Dental bridges also have their pros, such as:

  • Do not require surgery or bone grafts. 

  • They are less pricey and more budget-friendly. 

  • The process takes only a few visits until treatment is completed.

  • Likely to be covered by insurance 

When it comes to the cons of getting a dental bridge, these can include:

  • Shorter life span than implants.

  • They look less natural. 


  • Cavities are more likely to form on the near teeth causing damage to the natural teeth.

How to Determine Which One Is Best for You

The best way to determine which option works best for your needs is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. They will examine your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants or if a dental bridge will suit you better. 

If you have any questions about teeth restoration, you can easily get in touch with the team at Acacia Dental Care, LLC.

You can rest assured that with us you will get quality and personalized treatment in a friendly and comfortable environment. 

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Brookes.

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