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Bridges vs. Implants

Our San Diego Implant Dentist Weighs In

If you are missing teeth, you may be wondering what the best restorative method is. While there is some debate when it comes to fixed dental bridges versus dental implants, the best solution will vary from person to person. Here at Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center, Dr. Mirkhan is committed to helping her patients select the right treatment option for their needs. Please review the important considerations below and feel free to contact us with any questions.

What to Consider with Dental Implants

As the name suggests, dental implants are new teeth that are permanently implanted into the jawbone. Implants are both a functional and aesthetic solution to missing teeth and are nearly indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth. Dental implants are a safe, proven treatment option with a 98% rate of success. 

The traditional process for getting a dental implant involves:

  • Placement of the implant into the jawbone
  • A period of healing while the implant fuses to the jawbone
  • Attachment of a small connector to bond the implant to the new tooth

With modern “All-in-One” dental implants, this process is even faster, allowing you to have every step of the process completed in just one day.

When compared with dental bridges, implants are the more costly option. However, implants are actually less expensive in the long term because they are a more permanent and less traumatic solution than bridges. A dental implant surgery performed by a credentialed dentist is less likely to result in tooth sensitivity, gum recession, bone atrophy, infections, and other related issues associated with the more invasive dental bridge procedure.

Recommended reading: Dental Implant FAQ

What to Consider with Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are another option to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges involve the use of crowns on either side of the missing tooth, surrounding a prosthetic tooth/teeth, that are cemented into place. This procedure requires that you have healthy teeth on either side of the missing ones.

While it is true that dental bridges are the more economical option when compared to dental implants, price is not the only thing you should consider. Between these two options, dental bridges have a higher risk of oral complications due to the more invasive techniques needed to make them work. 

The bridge procedure involves:

  • Filing down the surrounding teeth
  • Placement of a temporary bridge while the lab creates the permanent prosthesis
  • Placement of the final bridge

Good oral care is absolutely essential to the outcome and longevity of a dental bridge. On average, bridges last about 5 to 7 years, but can last more than 10 years with good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings.

Still Need Help Deciding Between Bridges & Implants? 

Everyone is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for every dental problem. That’s why a dental consultation is the first step towards choosing a restorative dental method that makes the most sense for your situation. Our San Diego implant dentist looks forward to helping you select the treatment plan that best fits your needs. 

Call us today at (858) 348-5859 to schedule a consultation and discuss your treatment options with Dr. Mirkhan.


Meet Dr. Roya Mirkhan

If you are like the millions of Americans who are unhappy with their smiles, you are not alone. If crooked, stained, or decaying teeth are the result of an acidic diet, injuries, medical conditions such as diabetes, aging, or naturally occurring strains, you can find help from one of America’s top dentists.

At Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center, Dr. Roya Mirkhan, DMD, MSD, is ready to come to your aid. With 19 years of experience in specialized dental care, our San Diego implant dentist offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic, periodontal, preventative, and restorative dental services to help you achieve the healthiest and most attractive smile. Dr. Mirkhan prioritizes patient comfort and care and will do everything she can to make your appointment a pleasant one.

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