Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges are secured to dental crowns placed over adjacent teeth and work to hold the restoration securely in place, but bridges can also be constructed to attach to a single tooth when necessary.
Dental bridges are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth, but they do not address the issue of jaw shrinkage, which occurs whenever a tooth is missing. This means that over time, your bridge will need to be adjusted or replaced to adapt to changes in your jaw’s structure.
Dental implants are secured directly into your jawbone, where they act as a replacement root for your new prosthetic tooth. Dental implants offer a number of advantages over dental bridges, including:
- No reliance on adjacent teeth for support
- The strongest and most reliable hold of restorations
- No risk of slipping or falling out
- Complete restoration of strength and beauty
In addition, by replacing your missing tooth root, dental implants provide several other important benefits including:
- Prevents jaw shrinkage
- Provides a permanent solution for your missing tooth
To learn which tooth replacement option is best for you, please contact Bright Smile Dental Care today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Michael Negru serves patients in Beaverton, Oregon.