Fundamentally, dental implants are false teeth that are surgically implanted in your jawbone. A base for the tooth is surgically implanted, and over a period of 3 to 6 months it fuses to the jaw, essentially becoming one with the bone itself. Afterward, an abutment is attached to the frame into which the false tooth will be implanted. Depending on the kind of implant you get, the process may require a second surgery, and multiple procedures. It also requires the gums to fully heal before the false tooth is fitted to the implant.
Dental implants are considered to be the more desirable option because they’re largely indistinguishable from a real tooth. Not only do they protect the jawbone from further deterioration, but they also protect the surrounding teeth.
On the con side, they’re much more expensive than bridges, and are very unlikely to be covered by your insurance. Bridges will not require surgery, and the entire process for getting a dental implant will take at minimum 3 months.
Dental bridges (quite literally) bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. The upside of bridges is that they don’t require surgery, and the process for getting a bridge is much quicker than an implant. Not only are they cheaper, but most insurance will cover dental bridges.
On the other hand, they don’t last as long and need to be replaced every 5-7 years. They don’t look as natural as dental implants, and in certain instances may require adjacent teeth to be filed down and damaged in the process.
Bridges vs. Implants: Which One is Right For You?
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