A dental bridge is a dental prosthetic that can help to replace missing teeth, especially when there are multiple teeth next to each other that are very decayed or absent. Since there are many different options when it comes to restoring your teeth, it can be difficult to know what to choose. This includes dental bridges, crowns, dentures, and implants. Here are some things to consider when deciding between the pros and cons of dental bridges.
Pro: Cost Effective
Dental bridges are extremely cost effective compared to other restorative dental options, such as dental implants. If you have multiple missing teeth and root canals in a row, the right dental bridge can serve as a crown for teeth that need root canals and function as a replacement tooth. This makes it an even more cost effective option for those patients that need more dental work completed.
Con: Not as Long Lasting as a Dental Implant
Dental implants are considered permanent replacement teeth. With the proper care, a dental implant could last your entire life, as it is placed directly into the jawbone. Dental bridges and crowns have a life expectancy of around 15 years. Does that mean that you’ll definitely need a replacement in 15 years? Not necessarily. Many people have worn dental bridges for decades without replacement. However, it is possible that the bridge could come loose or crack down the road and need to be replaced.
Pro: No Surgery Required
To place a dental implant, you may need a bone graft, which is a minor surgery to improve the quality of the bone at the implant site. You need enough bone to be able to place a dental implant. Then there is the process of actually placing the dental implant and giving it time to heal.
Con: Need Adjacent Teeth
Dental bridges are placed over adjacent teeth to cover the spot where the tooth is missing. However, if you’re missing four or five teeth in a row or teeth in various parts of your mouth, a dental bridge might not be the best option. In these cases, partial dentures might be a better fit.
Pro: It’s Fast
Having a dental bridge placed is a fast process. In most cases, a dental bridge can be completed in only two visits. This makes it a relatively fast dental procedure that provides many benefits in a short period of time. Within only a few visits, you can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.
This is in contrast to the lengthy process of placing an implant, which can take up to 4 to 6 months of healing after the initial surgery before the final crown is placed.
Con: Flossing Can Be a Challenge
Since a dental bridge is one piece, it can make flossing the fake teeth and surrounding teeth difficult. When you opt for a dental implant or individual dental crown, you can floss your teeth as you normally would, as there is a space in between the teeth. You can discuss with your dentist or oral hygienist the best ways to floss your teeth with a dental bridge.
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