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Which Is Better, an Implant or Bridge?

June 13, 2022
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Posted By: Prosper Smiles Family Dentistry

If you need to replace a missing tooth, you have several options. A dental implant, bridge, or partial denture are all excellent choices, and the right one for you depends on several factors.

Let's look at implants compared to bridges and review the pros and cons of each.

Dental Implant Benefits

Implants Are the Healthiest Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement because they replace a lost tooth root with a titanium post. The presence of the implant post prevents bone loss and keeps the jawbone strong and healthy.

Implants Preserve Healthy Tooth Structure

A dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement, meaning there's no need to alter healthy teeth as there is with a dental bridge.

An Implant Can Last a Lifetime with Proper Care

A dental implant is placed in your jaw and integrates with surrounding bone and tissue, becoming part of your dental anatomy. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime.

A dental bridge needs to be replaced every 10–15 years.

Dental Bridge Benefits

You Can Get a Dental Bridge Faster 

The titanium implant post is placed in the jawbone and takes about 3–6 months to fully integrate before your dentist can restore its function with a dental crown.

Your dentist can complete a dental bridge in as little as 2–3 weeks.

The Initial Cost of a Bridge Costs Is Less Than an Implant

A dental implant does cost more upfront than a bridge. However, it's a good idea to also consider the value of a dental implant because of its oral health benefits and longevity.

A Bridge Doesn't Rely on Bone to Support It

A dental implant requires strong, healthy bone in the area it's placed. If you aren't a good implant candidate for this reason, a bridge is an excellent alternative. 

Is a Dental Implant or Bridge Better for You?

Dr. Vimal Patel offers beautiful dental implants for his Prosper, TX, patients and would be happy to provide more information and see if you are a good implant candidate.

If he finds that your needs are better suited to a dental bridge, you can expect a beautiful, long-lasting tooth restoration made of the highest quality materials.

Please call Prosper Smiles today to see if a dental implant or bridge is right for you.

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