Comparing Traditional and Implant Bridges
Replacing missing teeth is essential in maintaining the health and function of your smile. At Lorton-Springfield Oral & Implant Surgery, we offer implant placement services as a long-lasting solution to tooth loss. However, there are other alternatives such as fixed bridges that can replace teeth as well. Here are the pros and cons of each treatment to help you decide which solution is best for you.
Traditional Fixed Bridges
A well-known dental restoration, bridges have been used to replace teeth effectively for years. Most of these restorations are made from porcelain, this material replicates the same aesthetic as natural enamel and is durable. Other options include ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Compared to dental implants, fixed bridges are more cost-effective.
This treatment, however, affects natural tooth structure. A bridge is made out of two crowns, and a prosthetic tooth called a pontic. To hold the fake tooth in place, neighboring teeth must be altered and capped with a crown. The three parts replace a single missing tooth at the expense of healthy teeth.
Implant Supported Bridges
The reason why implant dentistry is so innovative is that it replaces missing teeth from root to crown. Implant bridges are prosthetics that attach to implant posts without using other teeth for support.
Implants also stop the process of jaw bone resorption that comes with the loss of teeth. Where traditional prosthetics and restorations do nothing in preventing further bone loss, implants and bone grafting can restore the health of your jaw. All in all, implant-supported bridges are a long-lasting solution that support the health of your smile.
The only setback with implant-supported bridges, however, is the cost of treatment. Initially, implant treatment can be more expensive than traditional options. However, compared to the maintenance needed for traditional restorations and the expected jaw bone loss, investing in this treatment now offsets these costs in the long run.
At Lorton-Springfield Oral & Implant Surgery, we collaborate with your general dentist to determine the best method to replace missing teeth or deplete jaw bone density. For more information about our services, schedule a consultation today! 703-436-4633