The majority of patients that we see at Gulfside Dental, or really that are seen at any dental office, do not know the differences between getting dental implants or a dental bridge. It’s great to be informed and knowledgeable about both options in case you’re caught with a decision to choose between the two.
In a previous post, we talked about dental bridges and their importance. Now we’ll see how they differ from implants. Implants are placed into the jaw bone and is capped with a crown to pose as an actual tooth.
Of course there are “cons” for almost anything, so we’ll get those out of the way first. The most noticeable difference between the two are cost: Implants are significantly more costly than a bridge, averaging anywhere between $3,000-$5,000 each. Gulfside Dental has an oral surgeon that comes in-office to take care of the surgery that the implants require. Healing time is also more extensive for implants because of the surgery. Factors such as smoking, bone loss, and a low immune system can cause implants to fail. When it comes to bridges, the main “con” is that, for the bridge to be placed, the surrounding teeth need to have crowns placed on them to act as an anchor. Oftentimes, those surrounding teeth may not necessarily need a crown themselves, but have to be prepped for it anyway to complete the bridge. Bridges also need a little bit more extensive cleaning care than implants to prevent gum disease and decay.
Alright, now that’s out of the way, we can get to the good stuff! The obviously most-enjoyed advantage is the aesthetic aspect. They complete the smile to perfection! Having that full smile boosts confidence and self-esteem. Concerning longevity, the implants will certainly last longer, but both have been known to be durable. Bridges help to maintain spacial integrity so that the teeth don’t shift and close in. Implants are wonderful because they only involve one tooth and do not touch adjacent teeth, unlike bridges. Bridges, however, since they have to attach to adjacent teeth, can also be helpful if the surrounding teeth need crowns anyway. What’s great about Gulfside Dental is that we can offer and help you with both! Our oral surgeon can perform the surgery for the desired implants, or any one of our superb General Dentists can get you impressed for a bridge. Gulfside has helped countless patients with surgical implants and bridges, so getting you started for either is no problem!
So if you’ve ever wondered about whether to proceed with either a bridge or a dental implant, we are the office for you! Gulfside Dental can give you all of the information about your options so you can be on your way to that perfect smile you desire. Call one of our local offices today to get scheduled for your next appointment!