Dental Bridges and Dental Implants were one of the select few dental treatments that were available to treat dental concerns such as a missing or decayed tooth. Thanks to advanced dental technology, it can be difficult to determine which form of dental treatment is right for you for missing teeth. Losing teeth can have a detrimental impact on your oral health as well as your smile. Today, implants and bridges are two of the commonly chosen treatments to restore missing teeth.
The Four Factors
Understanding the best treatment choice for your needs can be answered here. Let’s take a look at the factors to consider when choosing implants or bridges to plug the missing gap in your teeth.
- Aftercare and Maintenance – Both implants and bridges require adequate maintenance and oral care. Maintenance and oral care involve adopting positive oral habits. Habits such as brushing and flossing twice a day, regularly rinsing your mouth from debris after a heavy meal, avoid smoking and tobacco products and reducing sugar content in food. When flossing, bridges require more care as bridges are placed with support of neighbouring teeth. Implants are less likely to have this problem.
- Durability – Implants can withstand pressure because it’s securely infused in the jawbone. Implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly. Bridges require extra care for durability. They can weaken over time and expect further treatment down the line to adjust bridges back into place. Bridges can last between 5 and 15 years, depending on how well it’s looked after.
- Affordability – Dental bridges have been around for a long time and continue to be an affordable form of treatment. Bridges require fewer visits to the dentist compared to an implant and maybe more worth patient time and cost, particularly because it’s catered to treat multiple teeth. Implants require multiple treatments and can take longer to install. If you’re looking to replace multiple teeth, this may become expensive and time-consuming. Implants are more beneficial for single tooth replacements.
- Benefits to Oral Health – Dental implants deliver several benefits to oral health. For example, bone stimulation is preserved and strengthened, which is important to keep teeth and the jawbone strong. This is also the case for bridges. However, implants offer additional benefits including support for adjacent teeth, improves appearance and slots in with a natural smile.
The best form of treatment to choose depends on the nature of your oral health and the condition of your teeth. The dentist is best placed to recommend the best form of treatment once an examination of your teeth is complete. In most cases, multiple teeth replacements require bridges, whereas single tooth replacements can be catered for with an implant.
Are you in need of dental treatment for a missing gap in your teeth? Integrated Smiles Bendigo is ready to deliver the treatment and oral care you need for a happy and healthy smile. Contact us and book your appointment with us now!