Dental Bridges Vs. Dental Implants

Although both dental implants and fixed dental bridges are non-removable dental appliances used to replace missing teeth, they have some differences that should be considered. Dr. Frame, dentist in Santa Clara, can help you choose the type of tooth replacement that is right for you.

A fixed dental bridge is like a partial denture that is affixed permanently into place. The false replacement tooth or teeth are attached to a dental crown on either side. In order for the crowns to be placed, the teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth will need to be prepared, or filed down, in order for the crowns to be attached. Proper oral hygiene needs to be maintained to prevent further erosion of the prepared teeth.

A dental implant requires a series of appointments for the steps necessary to permanently affix the implant into the jaw bone. A titanium screw is placed into the jaw bone, where it actually fuses with the jaw bone to form a permanent new root. A crown is attached to the root with an abutment. This crown resembles a natural tooth in both appearance and functioning.

Dr. Frame, expert in dental implants in Santa Clara, can discuss which option would be best for your needs. Although a fixed dental bridge may seem like the cheaper solution, dental implants are less likely to need replacement. With proper care and oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime.

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