Both dental implants and fixed dental bridges are restorations often used to replace one or more missing teeth. However, patients in a situation where they are considering their options may want to learn more about each to determine if they are a better candidate for one over the other. Dr. Monti Harpalani of Vivid Dental in Houston, Texas, works with patients to educate them on the pros and cons of bridges and implants.
What are the differences between a dental bridge vs. dental implants?
When comparing a dental bridge to a dental implant, patients often consider the following factors:
- Durability. Dental implants are known for their longevity, often lasting a lifetime with proper care. However, dental bridges may need to be replaced after 5-15 years
- Appearance. Implants are specifically designed to mimic natural teeth and can blend seamlessly into your smile. Bridges, on the other hand, require adjacent healthy teeth to support them. If these are not in place, some patients choose to use dental implants to support the dental bridge instead
- Cost. Many patients find that a dental bridge is much more affordable than a dental implant, making them the obvious choice for patients who do not have dental insurance or are expected to have out-of-pocket expenses after their benefits have been applied
- Care. Dental implants and bridges are brushed and flossed to keep them and the surrounding teeth healthy. Dental bridges require flossing underneath the restoration and along the gumline, while dental implants are often flossed just like natural teeth around the base
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Which restoration is right for me?
With tooth loss and extraction, replacement needs to be considered to ensure the smile continues to function as it should. It is essential that you work with a dentist who can explain the pros and cons of your restoration options and assist you in making an educated choice for your needs.
Call 281-809-4902 to request a visit with Dr. Monti Harpalani of Vivid Dental, conveniently located at 11560 Farm to Market 1960 Road West, Suite #200.
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