Both dental implants and bridges are effective solutions for missing teeth.

If you are missing one or more teeth, you will be pleased to know that there are a number of solutions available to you. But how do you choose the treatment that is right for you? Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone and provide a natural-looking and feeling restoration. Dental bridges, on the other hand, are held in place by the surrounding teeth. Both options have their benefits — read on to find out more about each restoration and what the treatment processes involve…

What are the benefits of dental bridges?   

Dental bridges can often be used to restore the strength and appearance of one’s smile. They can be custom-made to match the colour of the surrounding teeth and provide a very natural-looking result.

The procedure for having a dental bridge placed is fairly simple and does not require invasive surgery or bone grafting. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which will be used to fabricate your bridges at a dental laboratory. It usually takes two weeks before your bridge is ready — you will be fitted with a temporary bridge while you wait for your permanent restoration.

Dental bridges are made from very durable material and are expected to last for 15 to 20 years with the proper care. Bridges tend to be more affordable than dental implants, which makes them an attractive treatment for many patients.

What are the benefits of dental implants?   

Dental implants are generally considered one of the most effective restorative dental treatments and can help restore both the form and function of one’s smile. Implants help to achieve natural-looking results. They are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth.

Dental implants are durable and can be expected to last more than 15 years with the proper oral hygiene and dental care. They won’t cause any damage to the surrounding healthy teeth and can even help prevent bone loss and maintain a healthy and aesthetically pleasing facial structure.

What factors should be considered?   

If you are not sure which type of dental restoration is right for you, we recommend that you arrange a consultation with your dentist. The treatment that is right for you will depend on a number of factors, including your overall oral health, as well as your lifestyle and aesthetic goals.

If you are considering dental implants, it is important to know that the process can take months to complete. You may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure, and you will need to undergo oral surgery. That said, the procedure itself is very straightforward and the risk of complications is low.

Although dental bridges are very durable and the cost of treatment is less than dental implants, they may need to be replaced after 10 years. The treatment time for the placement of dental bridges is fairly quick compared with dental implants, so this may be a factor in your decision.  

How can we help?    

Professor Jim Ironside and his team at Ironside Advanced Dentistry offer a number of restorative dentistry services designed to repair tooth function and improve oral health. Some of the most effective restorative treatments include crowns, bridges and dental implants. To find out more about these procedures, please have a look here.

If you would like to make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.