What’s the Difference Between Dental Bridges and Dental Implants?

What’s The Difference between Dental Bridges and Dental Implants?

A missing tooth can cause a variety of problems for patients. Gaps in the smile can interfere with a patient’s ability to speak clearly and effectively eat. It can leave patients feeling self-conscious about how they look. In addition, not addressing missing teeth promptly can result in shifting of the surrounding teeth or the loss of bone through bone resorption. Dr. Brian Davey of San Diego, CA is a dentist in the community who is pleased to offer patients several ways to improve their smiles, including dentures, dental implants, and dental bridges. Torrey Highlands area patients are invited to talk to our team about their options.

What are bridges and implants?

Dental bridges are restorations made of porcelain that use false teeth fused to dental crowns on each side. The restoration is placed using adjacent teeth to support the bridge and allow the false teeth to rest on the gums. Dental implants, on the other hand, are titanium posts that a dentist in Torrey Highlands will place into the bone of the jaw. It uses an abutment on the top of the implant for holding a restoration, including a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants use the jaw bone for support, not the surrounding teeth.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Bridges have many benefits. They may be recommended for patients with the following needs:

• Filling a gap between two natural teeth
• Replacing a tooth that has been severely damaged with decay or erosion
• Replacing an older dental restoration that has been broken or compromised
• Address one or more teeth lost in a row
• Patients seeking a fixed appliance that isn’t removable like a partial denture
• A natural-looking replacement option for missing teeth

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are made of a biocompatible metal called titanium. Many advantages make dental implants right for many of our patients. Dental implants are:

• Long-lasting
• Natural-looking
• Affordable
• Versatile
• Great for maintaining bone
• Covered with various restorations
• Easy to care for and maintain

Which one is right for me?

There are several factors patients need to consider when they are choosing between dental bridges vs. dental implants. Cost is one consideration, and our team is pleased to work with patients’ dental insurance plans to help reduce out-of-pocket costs whenever possible. Patients may also want a standalone option like an implant over dental bridges. Torrey Highlands area patients might also consider longevity and realize that an investment in a dental implant is a long-term solution for missing teeth. Dental implants function like natural teeth as they include a replacement tooth root using metal. They can be an excellent option for some, while dental bridges might be better for others. During a consultation appointment with Dr. Brian Davey, patients have the opportunity to talk to him about the various types of restorations for missing teeth and which one fits their unique needs the best. Our team of professionals will evaluate patients with diagnostic tools, including dental x-rays to find out which treatment option the patient is a candidate for and to determine a patient’s next steps.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Brian Davey to learn more about bridges and dental implants

Torrey Highlands area patients can visit our San Diego, CA area practice by calling (858) 264-4369 to request an appointment to discuss tooth replacement options. The practice is located at 7805 Highlands Village Plaza, Suite G105, and accepts new and returning community patients. Whether you are considering dental implants or dental bridges, our team can assess your current needs and help you make a knowledgeable decision regarding the replacement of one or more teeth.