Dental Implant Or Bridge, Which Is Better?

If you are missing several teeth, what would be the right approach for your oral needs and situation? A dental implant or a bridge (it could also be an implant-supported bridge)

Implant BridgeAll the patients that are looking for implants miss one or several teeth. Maybe the ones they have are too decayed and need a complete mouth makeover or restoration.

Implant dentistry has advanced techniques to address almost any possible case where it is available bone.

If you don't need full-mouth dental implants, then an implant bridge and cosmetic dentistry (such as porcelain veneers or crowns) could be your solution.

Missing one single tooth can cause irreversible jaw damage. The damage is caused because the bone starts shrinking after missing a tooth.

To avoid shrinking bone, supporting the bite with a dental implant bridge will keep your bone tissue healthy. Missing teeth can damage the structure of an entire bite. The lack of teeth can also cause embarrassment to your self-image.

Is the dental implant bridge the treatment you need?

Image of how an Implant Bridge worksIf you are missing several teeth, we can set posts to support an implant bridge. The posts will create a frame in your mouth where the replacement teeth or implant bridge can be screwed.

A couple of implants can hold a 3-unit bridge. An implant bridge is a standard solution for people that still have some excellent teeth in their mouth. To complete the aesthetic look, the patient could think of porcelain crowns or veneers for complete mouth restoration! We only use imported materials for your prosthetic dental work. We can craft a new smile design with a combination of an implant bridge and cosmetic dentistry.

An implant-supported bridge is a fused set of crowns loaded over the implant we set before into your jawbone. Why is it different from a regular dental bridge? Because a standard dental bridge will get its grip from the adjacent teeth. The implant bridge hooks over the posts, providing extra stability.

An implant bridge is what we recommend when more than one tooth is missing or when the patient clenches or grinds. Too much pressure on unconnected implants increases when the patient grinds the teeth. Risking the chances to come loose from the bone over time. With an implant bridge, you will have one implant placed in the jaw for each missing too, and then the crowns connect to form a single piece. This will reduce the post-stress because the pressure spreads across all the tooth bridges.

Components of an Implant Bridge

An implant bridge is usually made into two parts. The first is the base, the post or implant that generally is set for each missing tooth.  After the implant has been placed, a titanium abutment fits onto the implant. In the past, cement was used to glue both parts. In modern dentistry, screws are the most used method. The restoration is a series of fused crowns which connected form a bridge. That is the part that resembles regular teeth.

An abutment is pre-fabricated; we only use the best brands. We can craft the implant bridge with porcelain or zirconium.

The Bridge With Implants Procedure

The implant is set into the jaw and covered with gum tissue in the first surgery. After 3 to 6 months, you will have the second part of the treatment. The waiting time is for the osseointegration process in the bone after an implant is set.

In the second stage of the treatment, the implant is loaded with the abutment and crown or bridge on top. This means cutting a small incision into the gum to expose the tops of the implants.

Other options exist if there is not enough bone to hold an implant, including a bone graft. Once you have enough bone to hold the implant, it can be surgically set into your jawbone. The bridge sits over the implants, not over adjacent teeth. It's possible to build up the jawbone before the implant procedure starts with a bone grafting or augmentation.

The main reason could be there is insufficient bone to support it. Another reason could be that the location is too near a sinus cavity or nerve. To solve this issue, implants can go on either side of the space, and an implant-supported bridge can be fitted on top. Sometimes, a couple of fused crowns are loaded over a pair of posts.

Advantages to This Restoration

Dental implants are the best choice for tooth replacement. They work and look like natural teeth and help preserve your bone. You can choose a removable partial, but the bone around the missing tooth root might start to deteriorate. The cement holding a conventional bridge in place can wash out. If filtration happens, it will allow bacteria to get in, and you can have an infection.

An implant bridge provides an aesthetic, comfortable and functional solution. It will help you bite and chew normally again. When fitting a traditional bridge, the adjacent natural teeth are drilled down. The implant bridge is set over the implants, so adjacent teeth aren't affected.  Because dental implants integrate with the jawbone, this helps keep the bone intact and healthy.

Conventional dentures apply chronic pressure to the underlying bone. This contributes to bone deterioration. Sometimes the clasps on these dentures are often visible. Because of the strain on your natural teeth, they will loosen over time.

Conventional Bridge Vs. Implant-Supported Bridge

The implant bridge feels like natural teeth and should be cleaned like them. The Implant bridge is comfortable. They feel more secure than a removable partial denture which only rests over the gums. You will be able to speak clearly and chew food with confidence.

A typical bridge will affect the adjacent teeth sooner or later. The contact pressure and the fact they had to be drilled down can affect them. In some cases, root canals could be necessary. After a while, you will need to extract those teeth and replace them with implants. An implant bridge is a cost-effective solution that can last a lifetime.

Maybe you do not need a bridge and full mouth implants; in that case, you need the All-On-4 or All-On-6. Learn more about that treatment by clicking here.