Which are better – dental bridges or dental implants?
Fixed dental bridges are a tooth replacement that has been used successfully for decades. Dental implants are a more recent innovation, but they also have a very high success rate.
You deserve choices, so we offer both dental implants and bridges at our Hershey, PA dental office. Both are excellent options, and each has pros and cons.
How Implants and Dental Bridges Work
A dental bridge replaces one or two missing teeth in the same area of your mouth. It uses an artificial tooth (pontic) to fill the open space; dental crowns on either side of the pontic are attached to adjacent teeth for support.
A dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement that uses a titanium post implanted in the jaw to take the place of the lost tooth root. After the implant post heals in the jaw, we attach a dental crown, bridge, or denture to it.
The Pros and Cons
A dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement, so we don’t need to involve any healthy teeth. When you care for a dental implant properly, it can give you a lifetime of service. But the drawback is that getting a dental implant can take six months or more.
Dental bridges are an excellent choice if you don’t want to wait months for a tooth replacement. The process for getting a bridge is less involved, so they are more affordable than dental implants. However, a dental bridge has a lifespan of about 15 years, and we will eventually need to replace it.
Call Us about Replacing That Missing Tooth
If you want to replace a missing tooth in Hershey, PA, please call us. We’ll schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis so he can explain your options and help you choose the one that’s right for your needs.