If you are missing a tooth or teeth, you may be wondering what your options are for replacement. Missing teeth can cause health problems and insecurities. A dental bridge or a dental implant are two options available for missing tooth replacement.

 

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is a common and affordable solution for missing teeth replacement. It is a constructed false tooth, also known as a pontic, that is held together by two crowns placed on the healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap. They are typically composed of tooth-coloured ceramic or porcelain to match your natural teeth. A dental bridge usually lasts for 5-7 years.

A dental bridge may cause damage to the adjacent teeth. This is because they are used as a support system for the new bridge and may require shaping to accommodate the dental crown.

Dental bridges require extra attention and care. Your dentist will likely recommend that you brush and floss after each meal to ensure no food or debris gets left under the bridge.

 

Benefits of a Dental Bridge vs. Implant

Unlike dental implants, a dental bridge does not require a surgical procedure.
The process may take only a few weeks, whereas dental implants may take up to six months. A dental bridge is an affordable tooth replacement option and is more likely to be covered by some insurance plans.

Dental Implant

A dental implant is a surgically placed metal or ceramic post that imitates the root of the tooth.

The dental implant holds the artificial tooth or teeth in place.

Dental implants are designed to be a permanent option for tooth replacement.

With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, the dental implant may last for 25 years or more.

 

Other Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental Implants are considered the gold standard in teeth replacement and have a 95% success rate. Because the implant is surgically placed directly into the jawbone, it does not require structural support from surrounding teeth.

Dental implants are designed to last much longer than a traditional bridge.

Dental implants may also put an end to bone loss. The most common cause of bone loss in the jaw is a failure to replace a missing tooth. Up to 25% of the bone can become lost in the first year of the missing tooth. The pressure from biting helps the jaw maintain its bone density. Because dental implants function like a natural tooth, there is adequate pressure to prevent bone loss. In fact, dental implants stimulate bone growth.

Bone loss may result in other dental issues such as tooth decay, misaligned teeth, and changes to the facial structure causing an aged appearance.

It is important to practice good oral hygiene no matter your situation, but dental implants do require less maintenance than the dental bridge. This is because the artificial tooth is bonded to the jawbone, which makes it much less likely that food or debris will become trapped under the tooth. You simply brush and floss as normal.

 

Cost

Dental bridges cost less money upfront, but you may spend more money over time because they need to be replaced more frequently. A dental bridge might cost anywhere from $1,000-$3,000 for one tooth.

Dental implants offer a long-lasting restoration to your smile. Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to the cost. You may have seen prices quoted online anywhere from $3,000-$7,000. Some factors that cause a variation in cost include the location of the dental implant in your mouth, the type and number of implants, and the dentist’s experience.

Whether or not you need a bone graft, sinus lift, extractions, or even other restorative work before the surgery, can increase the cost as well. Typically, dental implants are not covered by insurance, but some of the other dental work may be.

At Dental Spot, we accept a range of dental insurances and vouchers and flexible payment options to ensure you get the treatment you deserve.

 

Final Word

At Dental Spot, we understand how important it is to provide compassionate, gentle dentistry. We are confident in our ability to provide state-of-the-art service that is tailored to each individual and your dental needs. If you are seeking a professional dental opinion about a dental bridge vs. implant, call us on (02) 9158 6115 to book a consultation.