Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
At Grayhawk Prosthodontics P.C., we recommend dental implants to many of our patients in need of replacement teeth. It’s not a gimmick to sell a more expensive service. The research proves that titanium implants are the most successful approach to replacing teeth. How do the two treatments compare?
- Replace single or multiple teeth
- Ideal first treatment option
- Adjacent teeth are not touched
- Preserves facial bone
- Replaces multiple teeth
- Ideal when there isn’t sufficient jaw bone for implants or surgery is contraindicated for medical reasons
- Adjacent teeth have to be capped
- Jaw bone loss is likely to occur
While dental bridges may offer a cheaper alternative for tooth replacement, dental implants provide a longer lasting and higher success approach. Even the most conservative research indicates a 90% success rate for dental implants.
The lifetime value of an implant far outweighs any immediate savings from a cheaper bridge. The difference is remarkable. Overall, implants support better, perform better and last longer – meaning you are substantially less likely to experience costly and uncomfortable problems with your tooth replacement down the road.
However, there may be limited cases where a bridge is the treatment that’s in the best interest of a patient. In these instances, we are happy to support your treatment.