The issue of replacing missing teeth can be so confusing, even for someone like me working in a dental clinic. So I’ll try to simplify things for you. Basically, a dental bridge is permanently fixed to your gums with dental cement whereas a dental implant is screwed into the jawbone.
Dental Bridge: A dental bridge is a traditional form of replacing missing teeth. It is permanently fitted in the mouth by shaving teeth on either side of the gap, which is then covered with a crown to act as anchors for the prosthetic device. The advantages include:
- Natural appearance
- Improves the function of your teeth
However, the main disadvantage is that since the missing tooth root has not been replaced with say an implant, the bone and gum will eventually deteriorate, resulting in the recession of the jawbone and facial features.
Dental Implant: Alternatively, a dental implant is a small screw made of titanium that is inserted into the jawbone. The advantages include:
- Most natural appearance
- Allows full function of your teeth
- No impact on healthy teeth
- Prevents gum and bone deterioration
- Stable and reliable
- Permanent solution
After comparing the advantages of both dental solutions, it is easy to see that dental implants are the ideal choice for replacing missing teeth. However, it is best to seek professional advice, as not everyone is a good candidate for implants. Either way, don’t delay in having such treatments, as a gap in your teeth places more strain on supporting teeth, can change your bite and even cause jawbone recession. No, thank you! If you’re missing teeth, be good to yourself and pop along to your dental clinic today.