Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re missing one or more teeth and you’re weighing your options for restorative treatment, we’re here to help! The team at Skutak Dental wants to ensure that all of our patients are informed about every treatment option, along with procedure details and any unique advantages or disadvantages. Here’s everything you need to know when it comes to the differences between dental bridges and implants:

Cost of Treatment – Bridges Are Often More Affordable

When it comes to the overall cost of treatment, bridges are almost always a more affordable option, especially if you have 2 or more adjacent missing teeth. Bridges do not require complex oral surgery, and the treatment is much more simple.

Dental bridges are almost always covered fully or in part by dental insurance plans. In contrast, it’s very rare for dental insurance to cover the cost of a dental implant. If you are on a tight budget for restorative care, bridges may be a better choice.

Treatment Lifespan – Implants Are Permanent

Despite the fact that bridges are often more affordable upfront, implants are usually a better long-term investment. This is because they can last 30+ years with proper care. In fact, most people keep their implants for the rest of their lives.

In contrast, dental bridges can last anywhere between 5-15 years depending on the quality of the bridge, how well it’s been placed, and how well you care for your newly-restored teeth. 

Treatment Time & Invasiveness – Bridges Are Less Invasive & Faster

Dental bridges are less invasive and require less treatment time, compared to implants. The process will take 2 appointments over a period of about 2-3 weeks. Your teeth will be trimmed and prepared, then Dr. Skutak will work with a dental lab to build your bridge. You’ll come back when your bridge arrives, and it will be attached to your teeth.

In contrast, dental implants can take 3-6 months or longer to be placed, and they do require a surgical procedure to place the implant in your gums and jaw. If you are looking for fast results, a bridge may be a better option.

Ease Of Maintenance & Care – Dental Implants Are More Convenient 

Dental implants are very easy to care for. Single-tooth implants, for example, can be treated just like a natural tooth. You can simply brush and floss normally, and see Dr. Lisa M. Skutak for an oral exam and teeth cleaning every six months. It’s just that simple.

Dental bridges require slightly more complex care. You will need to learn how to floss underneath the bridge to remove food debris, and use a special sulcus brush (about 1/3 the size of a normal toothbrush) to brush where it meets your gum line. 

Not Sure What’s Right for You? Find out With an Appointment! 

Hopefully, the above comparisons have helped you learn a bit more about both implants and bridges. If you’re still not sure which type of restoration may be right for you, Dr. Lisa M. Skutak is here to help. Schedule an appointment at Skutak Dental now to learn more, and to find out which type of dental restoration is the best for your particular needs. Give us a call at (715) 355-4433, or stop by our office at 700 Eagle Nest Boulevard, Suite E, Rothschild, WI 54474 if you’re in the area.

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