Three Reasons You May Want A Dental Bridge Instead Of A Dental Implant

Posted on: 23 January 2023

If you are missing or tooth or may have to have a tooth pulled, you may be thinking your only option is a dental implant. While implants are one of the most popular options on the market today for tooth replacement, they are not for everyone. Not only can you replace your missing teeth with a dental bridge, but there are also reasons for doing so. Here are a few of them. 

1. You May Have a Personal Preference

Many people who have a personal preference for a dental bridge have had one in the past. You may be replacing an existing bridge or already have a bridge in another area of your mouth. Many times people prefer things that they already know work and that they can care for. 

2. You Need A Faster Fix

Missing teeth can cause numerous problems. Not only will you have problems chewing properly, but depending on which tooth or teeth are missing, your speech and smile may also be affected. Missing a tooth is not a situation you want to dwell in for an extended period. 

Dental implants are usually performed in numerous steps, with months of healing before your dentist can complete the procedure. Some of these steps may include:

  • Tooth removal
  • Jawbone grafting (if needed)
  • Implant screw placement
  • Osseointegration 
  • Abutment placement
  • Crown placement

Unfortunately, sometimes you cannot afford to wait that long to have your dental problem fixed.

Bridges are a much quicker fix than a dental implant. A bridge does require several dental visits, but you will circumvent the months of healing the implants require. 

3. You Don't Want To Risk Dental Surgery

Not everyone is a candidate for surgery. You may suffer from certain conditions that make it unadvisable for you to receive anesthesia. You may also have particular diseases, such as diabetes, or take certain medications, such as blood thinners or steroids, that will affect your natural healing ability.

The process for dental implants can also be very stressful to your body, even under anesthesia. You must have a certain level of health to be a viable candidate.  

Dental bridges are not as invasive as dental implants. No surgery is involved, and your dentists should be able to perform the entire process without anesthesia. They will probably numb the area around the missing tooth while they prepare the site for your bridge. But you will not incur the risks that dental implant surgery presents.

Contact a dentist for more information about dental bridges