What is the difference between a bridge and a dental implant?
Dental bridges and Dental Implants are both excellent ways to replace a missing tooth in your mouth. Both options have advantages and disadvantages, and our knowledgeable dentists can help you make the best decision for your mouth.
Dental Implants are like a screw that goes into the bone in your mouth. They can replace one or more teeth without cutting down another tooth in your mouth. They can look very esthetic and are easier to maintain, especially for those who have difficulty flossing.
Bridges can be used to replace one or two missing teeth, when the missing teeth are between healthy natural teeth. Dental bridges use the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth as anchors. The missing tooth is then replaced by a "pontic" that sits above the gum tissue (held in place by the anchor teeth), creating a functional tooth. Bridges do require preparation of the anchor teeth in order to create space for your bridge.
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