Bridges vs. Implants: Which Is The Winner For You?

Bridges vs. Implants: Which Is The Winner For You? | Nashua Family Dentistry, Nashua NH

If you’ve lost a tooth for any reason, you really need to get it replaced. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of you having problems with gum disease, cavities, or misaligned teeth. But what should you get done? At our Nashua, NH dental office, we can use either a dental bridge or dental implant. Which is better?

What Is A Dental Bridge?

In a way, they are similar to real bridges. A pair of dental crowns holds a replacement tooth securely. It literally bridges the gap left behind by the missing tooth. The replacement tooth is made to order, so it will look just like a healthy version of the one that went missing.

What Are Dental Implants?

An alternative to replacing lost teeth, dental implants have three parts. A titanium root is surgically placed in your jawbone. A replacement tooth just like one used in a dental bridge is made to order, and an abutment connects implant to replacement right at the gumline.

How Do Bridges And Implants Compare?

If they both do a great job of replacing missing teeth, what’s the difference? Why should you get one over the other? Before deciding, read these comparisons to learn more about how bridges and implants compare. Which will be the winner?


Winner: Dental bridges

Between the two, dental bridges are usually the more affordable option. Getting dental implants means oral surgery. The dentists at our Nashua, NH dental office will need to surgically place the titanium roots in your jawbone. While a dental implant procedure is routine surgery, it’s more complicated and therefore costly. Dental bridges are non-invasive, meaning they do not require oral surgery. That makes them the winner when it comes to cost.


Winner: Dental implants

Then again, sometimes you get what you pay for. Dental bridges work, don’t get us wrong. They will work just fine, and you’ll be able to eat foods normally. But bridges usually only last about 10 years or so. Eventually, you will have to get them replaced. Dental implants mimic your natural teeth by using a root implanted in your jawbone. This is what gives implants their strength and reliability. They’re just like a real tooth. When it comes to durability, implants are the winner.

Less Work To Put In

Winner: Dental bridges

Sometimes, you want to take time into account. How long a procedure takes is important. No matter how relaxing it is at our Nashua, NH dental office, you have things to do. Dental implants take longer for two reasons. First, it includes surgery. That alone makes it take longer to complete. However, you also have to wait until the implanted titanium roots fuse with the jawbone and fully heal. That can take four months. A dental bridge procedure can be done in 2-3 visits. If you compare a few visits to a few months, it’s easy to see why dental bridges win this one.


Winner: Dental implants (by a nose, er, by a jaw)

Both bridges and implants use the same kind of replacement tooth. These are made to look like healthy versions of the ones you lost. Once placed with either treatment, your smile will look great again. But there’s one small difference. Your lips and face are shaped by the bone underneath. Because implants have a root extending into the jawbone, it helps keeps the bone tissue there healthy with stimulation. That means your jaw will keep its shape over time. Bridges lack roots, so there’s a chance your jaw will look a bit saggy. It’s a small thing to be sure, but it still gives implants the win.


Winner: Dental implants

Speaking of a jawbone, that gives implants an edge here too. Those roots used to give implants such strength and durability extend into your jawbone just like natural roots do. Your jaw is supposed to have something in there. Every time you eat, you send a little pressure down your roots into the bone tissue. This helps keep your bone healthy. Bridges do not do this. That’s why implants get a small victory in the health department.


Winner: Dental implants

Sometimes, a treatment is only as good as it takes to keep it clean. After all, few people want a solution that requires a ton of extra work after the fact. Bridges and implants can be brushed with toothpaste just like normal. However, floss cannot be used normally with a bridge. You’ll have to use a special loop to pull floss under the bridge to get rid of food particles there. Because implants mimic a real tooth so well, you can floss just like always. That gives a slight edge on maintenance to implants.

In the end, the choice is yours. We think dental implants are always the better option, but dental bridges do a great job as well. To discuss which would be the winner for you, call us at 603-546-7460.


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