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What is the difference between dental implants and dental bridges?

Dental bridges and dental implants are both fixed tooth replacements that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Our Kamloops dentists will assist you in selecting the treatment option that is most appropriate for your specific oral health requirements.

What are dental bridges?

Bridges are fixed dental appliances that literally "bridge" the space created by missing teeth. They are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. In contrast to dentures, they can only be removed by a dentist because they are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. Additionally referred to as "permanent partial dentures."

How to care for your dental bridges

After the dental bridge has been installed, it can be cared for in the same manner as natural teeth. If you maintain your bridge with proper brushing and flossing, it will last for many years. Additionally, you should continue to visit your dentist regularly.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a tiny titanium rod surgically implanted into the jawbone to serve as an artificial tooth root. The use of dental implants to replace missing teeth. Titanium is able to form bonds with natural bone, making it a secure and stable base for an artificial tooth. A dental crown (cap) is then positioned atop the implant to serve as the replacement tooth.

When used together, the dental crown and implant have a very similar appearance and feel to a natural tooth.

How to care for your dental implants

Like with bridges, you should take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. This includes a strong brushing and flossing routine, and regular visits to the dentist.

How do I know which option is right for me?

Dental implants and dental bridges both have their advantages, and the best option for any given person will depend on that person's oral health needs as well as his or her financial situation.

The placement of dental implants is significantly more invasive than the placement of dental bridges. However, dental implants can often appear and feel more natural than dental bridges.

In addition, for the dental implant procedure to be successful, the jaw bone must be of sufficient volume. If you do not have enough bone in your jaw, you may still be able to get an implant; however, you will need to undergo a bone grafting procedure to ensure that the implant can be supported. Consequently, the implant procedure would be lengthier and more invasive.

At the end of the day, the only way to determine which tooth replacement option is best for you is to consult with your dentist.

Our Kamloops dentists will discuss your tooth replacement options with you and will assist you in selecting the most appropriate option for your dental health needs. Get in touch today for a consultation!

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