Bridges, Dentures And Implants: A Basic Guide

Anyone with missing teeth has several options for resolving the problem. The main choices are dental implants, dentures, or permanent dental bridges. The best choice for you depends on your specific circumstances. This article takes a closer look at some of the key considerations to keep in mind when making this choice.   


Each of these three options has certain features that make them unique. Dental implants are the most similar to your natural teeth. A titanium implant takes the place of your natural tooth root, and then a crown is placed over it. Dentures feature a row of artificial teeth that are attached to a gum-like appliance. A fixed bridge is a set of artificial teeth that are supported by natural teeth or implants. A fixed bridge is a permanent addition to your mouth and is not removable, except by the dentist.   


The cost of the three options varies. As a rule, implants are the most expensive, as they are the most the most complex to install. The cost of a denture depends on whether you are getting full or partial dentures, as well as what material is being used. The cost of a bridge depends on the number of teeth you are replacing, although the cost is generally below that of installing dental implants.  


The specific procedures for getting an implant, denture or fixed bridge installed vary as well. The most important difference is that getting implants requires you to undergo surgery and getting a denture or fixed bridge does not. In some cases, if you have suffered any bone loss in your jaw for example, the surgery might be extensive.  

The procedures for installing dentures or bridges are non-surgical, which many patients might see as a significant advantage compared to implants. Whether you are getting implants, dentures or a fixed bridge, however, you will typically need multiple visits to your dentist. 


Generally, dental implants have a longer lifespan than fixed bridges and dentures.  For instance, implants might require replacement every 25 years, if at all, while a denture or bridge may last about 7 to 15 years. 

In is not always easy to determine what type of restorative procedure is the best choice to replace missing teeth. Many factors are involved, and the expense of certain options might be prohibitive to some people, such as those who do not have dental insurance. For more information, contact Rose City Dental Care or a similar location.