Bridges vs. Implants
Insight from a San Diego Implant Dentist
There has always been much debate over which dental treatments and procedures
are best. Some dentists only want to take reactive measures to fix teeth,
while others focus on preventative care. When it comes to comparing dental
implants to fixed dental bridges, there is equally as much debate.
Though many people boast that bridges are a more economical option, there
is much evidence that actually suggest the opposite. While implants may
seem to cost a little more up front, the long term investment is much
more valuable, as the treatment is more effective than bridges and results
in less additional oral complications.
To understand what sets these two treatment options apart, we will need
to examine their differences in procedure, not just price.
Which option is right for me?
At Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center, Dr. Mirkhan cares about giving
patients the best possible treatment. She will go over your options with
you, such as dental bridges or implants, and help you select the treatment
plan that will best fit your needs.
The implant procedure will include the following steps:
- Immediate implant placement
- Followed by a post in core to secure to implant fixture
- Crown placed over metal implant
Implants are often less traumatic and less expensive in the long run, as
the results are more permanent and less likely to lead to further reinfections,
tooth sensitivity, and other related issues.
The bridge procedure will include:
- Adjacent teeth being cut down and reduced
- Creation of a non-removable prosthesis
- Attachment of this bridge on top of cut down teeth
Unfortunately, due to the necessity to file down the healthy, adjacent
teeth, additional oral care problems can arise. Sensitivity, root canals,
bone atrophy, recession of gums, and cavities under or around the crown,
are all major issues that can result from bridges. The tooth may suffer
from infections, fractures, and eventually need to be pulled out. If the
tooth is destroyed, it will need to be removed, and then the bridge process
completed all over again with additional teeth. As you can see, this process
is actually much riskier, and ultimately more expensive if any issues
were to occur.
Pursue a Healthy Smile Today
Ready to talk with a San Diego implant dentist about your oral care goals?
Contact our center today to set up a free consultation! We look forward to hearing from you
and providing the superior level of care you deserve from your dental