What is the difference between a bridge and an implant?
One of the most common patient questions involves tooth restoration options. Many people are interested in knowing the difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant.
Dental implants are a popular choice if you are experiencing the loss of one or multiple teeth due to gum disease, trauma, infection, or other reasons. A dental implant is a thin titanium post that functions as a tooth root replacement. The post is implanted into the jaw bone and supports a dental crown, which is the visible part of the replacement tooth. Dental implants are permanent and non-removable, they act like natural teeth, and our patients can enjoy eating and speaking like normal.
Dental bridges close or bridge the gap that comes from one or more missing teeth. The bridge is supported by adjacent existing teeth, or by dental implants on either side of the gap. By using two or more crowns on the teeth of each side of the gap, a removable bridge is manufactured to fill in the gap for the missing tooth or teeth. Patients may opt for this tooth replacement option because it is non-surgical, and the process can be quicker and more comfortable by taking only weeks as opposed to months that dental implants need.
Which Option Is Right for You?
There are a variety of pros and cons to consider when shopping for tooth replacement options. Dr. Michel will sit with you and go over each one, including comparing costs, insurance coverage, the life span of treatment, aesthetics, and more. If you are thinking of having one or more teeth replaced, call our Fort Lauderdale, FL dental office for more information!