If you are in need of treatment for a lost tooth, then may be wondering what the differences are of dental implants vs. bridges.

Because every patient’s needs are different, there is no clear answer as to which treatment option is more appropriate. There are a variety of factors to consider when discussing treatment options with your prosthodontist.

Penn Dental Medicine wants to help you understand the options available to you. Continue reading for an in-depth comparison of dental implants vs. bridges.

What are dental implants and bridges?

Bridges: A bridge consists of one or more fake teeth, held in place by crowns attached to the teeth on either side of the gap.

Implants: Dental implants are metal posts embedded into your jaw. A fake tooth can be securely placed on the post.

How long do bridges and dental implants last?

An implant is highly durable and can last a lifetime. A bridge, however, only has a lifespan of about ten years. It is important to consider how likely you are to replace a bridge when comparing implant treatment for a missing tooth.

Which costs more?

Dental implants are typically more expensive than bridges. While we already discussed how long dental bridges last, it is important to factor in replacement costs over the years. Your prosthodontics will be able to assist you in choosing the treatment method that is most cost effective. 

Do dental implants or bridges look better?

Dental implants are embedded in your jaw, therefore helping to stimulate and maintain bone growth. Which treatment option looks better is subjective, but dental implants tend to look more natural do to the nature of their placement.

Who to go to for a procedure?

Ultimately, which procedure is optimal for you will depend on your specific needs— how many teeth are missing, how recently they were lost, etc. To find out which procedure is best for you, you should discuss your situation with a prosthodontist. Contact Penn Dental Medicine today to discuss our affordable prosthodontic care options.