Wondering How to Fill the Gap?

We’re willing to bet that anyone who’s ever lost a tooth, whether due to accident or decay, has as some point thought about having it permanently replaced. Missing back teeth can seriously affect your ability to chew your favourite foods and visible gaps in the front can have a negative impact on your self-confidence. So, if you’re trying to decide the best way to make your mouth whole again – dental implant or dental bridge – we thought perhaps a simple comparison would be helpful.

Dental bridge
A dental bridge is a replacement tooth that is fixed to two crowns – one either side of the gap. Bridges have been around for a long time, and are still a common choice for replacing teeth, especially when there’s only one tooth missing.

Pros

  • Bridges are a time-tested, functional and natural-looking solution.
  • They don’t require surgery and can be fitted just like a crown and even on the same day with CEREC.
  • Bridges may be recommended in the event of jaw bone loss or significant damage, where implants might not be possible or advisable.

Cons

  • The crowns and bridges will likely need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.
  • The two teeth either side of the gap must be filed down and capped to anchor the bridge.
  • Bridges require special cleaning, so the potential for tooth decay and gum disease is higher.

Dental implant
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, usually made of titanium, that is topped with a lifelike replacement tooth. Although a relative newcomer to the dental world, implants have had an excellent track record for over 30 years now, and are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement.

Pros

  • An implant is a (dare we say it) strong and stable solution that most naturally mimics your real tooth.
  • The treatment does not negatively impact your neighbouring teeth.
  • Same-day dental implants may be possible, providing there is sufficient gum and bone support.
  • Implants are easier to maintain than bridges in terms of daily hygiene.
  • Multiple missing teeth can be replaced with just one implant, depending on their location.
  • Implants transmit chewing forces to the jaw bone, keeping it healthy and maintaining your facial structure.

Cons

  • Placing the implant requires minor surgery.
  • Healing time may be required after the implant surgery but before the permanent tooth replacement is fitted.
  • An implant is initially more expensive than a bridge, but will be more economical long term, as it will last longer.

Here at Rhiwbina, we are known for our dental implant experience, but we do offer both options and are primarily concerned with making sure you get the treatment that will best serve you. We’d love to have the chance to discuss your teeth replacement options and answer any questions you may have. Get in touch and book your consultation with us today!