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What is the difference between dental implants and dental bridges?

Both dental bridges and dental implants are fixed tooth replacements used to replace one or more missing teeth. Our Parksville dentists will help you choose the treatment option that is best for your specific oral health needs.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are permanent dental appliances that "bridge" the gap left by missing teeth. They are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Unlike dentures, they can only be safely removed by a dentist because they are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. They're also referred to as "permanent partial dentures."

How to care for your dental bridges

Once your dental bridge is in place, you can treat it the same way you would your natural teeth. If you take care of your bridge by brushing and flossing it on a regular basis, it should last for many years. You should also keep seeing your dentist on a regular basis.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium rod that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone to act as a replacement tooth root. Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement that is used to replace missing teeth. Titanium is a metal that can form bonds with natural bone, making it a secure and stable foundation for a false tooth. After that, a dental crown (cap) is placed on top of the implant to act as an artificial tooth replacement.

When used together, the dental crown and implant have a very similar appearance and feel to a natural tooth.

How to care for your dental implants

Like with bridges, you should take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. This includes a strong brushing and flossing routine, and regular visits to the dentist.

How do I know which option is right for me?

Dental implants and dental bridges both have their advantages, and the best option for any given person will depend on that person's oral health needs as well as his or her financial situation.

The placement of dental implants is significantly more invasive than the placement of dental bridges. However, dental implants can often appear and feel more natural than dental bridges.

Furthermore, a sufficient volume of the jaw bone is required for the dental implant procedure to be successful. If you don't have enough bone in your jaw, you may still be able to get an implant, but you'll need to have a bone grafting procedure first to ensure that the implant is stable. As a result, the implant procedure would be more time-consuming and invasive.

At the end of the day, the only way to determine which tooth replacement option is best for you is to consult with your dentist.

Our Parksville dentists will discuss your tooth replacement options with you and will assist you in selecting the most appropriate option for your dental health needs. Get in touch today for a consultation!

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