Dental Implants vs. Bridges Torrance CADental Implants vs. Bridges Torrance CAWe provide both high quality teeth bridges and dental implants to our patients. Both are great options for dental restoration needs, but if you can’t  decide between choosing dental implants or bridges to replace your lost teeth, then don’t worry! Whether your questions are about the procedure or the price, we will explain the differences between the two and help you decide which option is the best for you.

Dental Bridges

What are Dental Bridges?

Bridges are permanent dental prostheses that are used to replace multiple missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, dental bridges are supported with the natural teeth or dental implants present on either side of the gap from the missing teeth.

Dental Implants

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What are Dental Implants?

An implant is screw-shaped structure that is specifically fabricated to be surgically placed into the jaw bone. Dental implants work as the root portion for the artificial tooth, and provides retention and durability to any prosthesis placed on it – like a crown, bridges, and dentures. A single implant can be used to restore just one missing tooth, while there are other available options for full mouth implant restoration of edentulous jaws. We take great care in every procedure and operation, and only give our patients  the finest treatment.

How are Bridges Prepared?

To provide the best quality services to our patients, fabrication and installation of dental bridges is performed in several steps.

  • Clinical Evaluation – One of our staff of trained professional dentists will first perform a thorough examination of your teeth before starting the procedure. The dentist will evaluate your radiographs and dental records to make sure that you are a good candidate.
  • Teeth Preparation – Next, the teeth that are going to support the bridges are prepared for the procedure. This is done by removing the light natural tooth structure, making room for the attachment of the bridge on top of them. In case there are chances of the tooth being exposed, our dentist will perform the procedure after anesthetizing the area.
  • Impression Making – An impression of the prepared teeth is made and delivered to the dental laboratory for the manufacture of the bridge.
  • Attaching the Bridge – The well prepared bridge will be placed by one of our dentists, after the fit and look is checked. If the bridge is well-fitted, then the bridge will be permanently glued to the prepared teeth with the help of dental cement.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Mostly, dental implants are produced from Titanium and similar alloys. These materials have the unique ability of promoting bone formation around the implant surface. The implant gradually becomes embedded completely within the jaw bone. This process is called Osseo-integration, and it is the main reason behind the strength and retention of dental implants – both supported fixed as well as removable dentures.

How are Dental Implants Inserted?

Placement of dental implants is done in two to three steps. We also provide same day dental implants for specific clinical cases. Our staff will first examine your teeth and take a thorough look at your medical and dental records. Next, the soft tissue on top of the bone where the implant will be inserted will be anesthetized. The tissue will be cut and a flap of tissue will be raised. A hole is then drilled into the jaw bone with a precision controlled drill, then the implant will be carefully placed into position.

How is the Implant Loaded?

If you have delayed implant loading planned, then a healing screw will be placed on the implant and the flap is stitched. Alternatively, if you have decided on a same day implant, a suitable prosthesis (like permanent dentures, crown or a bridge) is secured to the implant right after its placement. In case of delayed implant loading, placement of a prosthesis will be delayed until you have had time to heal completely.

Pros of Dental Bridges

We recommend dental bridges to our patients in these cases:

  • Aesthetics – Teeth replaced with bridges are much more natural looking than the artificial teeth used in removable dentures.
  • More Durable than Removable Dentures – Bridges last longer and more durable in comparison to removable dentures. This is due to the high quality and stronger materials that are used for the production of dental bridges.
  • Restoration of Dental Abilities – Unlike removable dentures, dental bridges will remain attached to your teeth, and let you easily enjoy all your favorite foods without having to worry about the dental bridge cracking or breaking.
  • Restoration of Normal Occlusion – When you lose a tooth and it can’t be replaced right away, the adjacent teeth tend to shift into the vacant space. By replacing the lost teeth with a well made dental bridge, balanced occlusion is restored inside the mouth and adjacent teeth are prevented from shifting into any open spaces.

What are the Pros of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have become a preferred tooth replacement choice across the world. Here are some of the advantages of replacing your lost teeth with dental implants:

  • Improved Smile – Great looking crowns, bridges, or dentures can be secured over the implants, which will improve your smile and general oral health. When compared to dental bridges, dental implant supported prostheses provide better facial aesthetics and superior quality.
  • Durability – Dental implants are formed from Titanium alloys. These alloys have great durability, which extend the lifespan of prostheses placed on them. Dental implants can even last for a lifetime, as long as they are well looked after and oral hygiene is maintained properly.
  • Convenience – Implant supported prostheses let you eat and talk without any additional inconveniences. In fact, when your teeth have been restored using dental implants, you can have the same natural feeling you had with your original teeth.
  • Easy to Maintain Oral Hygiene – Special care must be taken to ensure proper oral hygiene in any area where a bridge has been placed. This is because it is hard to completely clean the area underneath the bridge framework. On the other hand, there are no specific oral hygiene requirements for dental implants. All that is necessary is brushing the implant supported teeth just like your natural ones.
  • Safety – Dental implants are prepared only using Titanium alloys, which are very durable and safe. Due to their exceptional biocompatibility, Titanium implants will not trigger any allergic or toxic reactions within the body.

Cons of Teeth Bridges

  • Sacrifice of Natural Tooth Structure – While the abutment is being prepared, it may become clear that the natural teeth the bridge will be secured to may need to be modified or extracted.
  • Limited Clinical Service Life – Despite your best efforts at following good oral hygiene practices, dental bridges tend to last for around five to seven years on average. After that stage, new bridges will need to be produced and installed.

What are the Cons of Dental Implants?

  • Success Depends on Surgical Technique – The success or failure of a dental implant treatment depends on the technique and skill of the dental expert. Even a small mistake during the surgical procedure can cause peri-implantitis, which may lead to complications. However, you don’t need to worry about the success of dental implants with our dental experts. Because of our team of experienced dentists with exceptional surgical skills, you will have an excellent implant success ratio.
  • High Cost – The cost of getting dental implants is higher than removable dentures and bridges. However, the benefits of long lasting dental make them worth their cost.

Which Option Should You Choose?

While the final decision is yours to make, our staff of professional dentists suggest you get the best permanent teeth replacement option possible. However, if we compare dental implants with bridges, it comes down to what your preferences are in appearance, durability, and strength. So schedule an appointment today and learn more about all the ways we can bring that gorgeous smile back to your teeth with the teeth replacement of your choice!

Want to know more about teeth restoration with dental bridges? Find out how bridges are attached here.