Both fixed dental bridges and dental implants offer many benefits, as well as a few limitations that patients hoping to restore their smile should keep in mind. Understanding the pros and cons of each option can help you decide on the most appropriate treatment for your needs and goals.
Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” treatment to replace missing teeth, whether you are missing one, two, or all of your teeth. Of the many benefits dental implants offer, including natural-looking and long-lasting results, the preservation of jaw strength is one that implants perhaps alone can claim. While often more expensive initially, dental implants may be the more affordable option over time as they are designed to last for life.
Fixed dental bridges can be an excellent option for one or more missing teeth in a row. If the missing teeth are not situated next to each other, however, this may not be the right choice for you. With dental bridges, the healthy teeth adjacent to the missing teeth must be prepared to serve as supports for the bridge. Additionally, you made need to replace the restoration at some point in the future should damage or wear and tear occur. In general, dental bridges are the more affordable option upfront.
If you would like to learn more about your options to replace missing teeth, we invite you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Arash Azarbal, will provide the personalized guidance you need to make the right decision.