Implant Bridges vs Fixed Bridges
Dental bridges are an effective solution for single or multiple missing teeth. The treatment offers a range of benefits. At Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry we receive many requests for dental bridges and many questions about the types of bridges. There are two types of bridges available: implant bridges and fixed bridges.
What are Implant Bridges?
An implant bridge is a dental bridge supported by dental implants involving titanium posts surgically inserted and anchored into the jawbone. These posts fuse with the bone over time, creating a stable foundation for the dental bridge.
There are several benefits implant bridges offer over fixed bridges. Below are some of the main benefits of implant bridges.
They Are Long-Lasting
Implant bridges are known for their longevity, often lasting up to 25 years or more, with proper care and maintenance. This makes them perfect for people seeking a long-term solution for their missing teeth.
Do Not Need Adjacent Tooth Support
Unlike fixed bridges, implant bridges do not require adjacent teeth to be prepared or reshaped to support the bridge. This prevents damage to neighboring teeth and makes the procedure simpler.
They Improve Oral Health
Implant bridges help maintain the health of the jawbone and prevent bone loss. Bone density loss is one of the most common effects of tooth loss.
They Offer Better Aesthetics
Implant bridges look and feel like natural teeth, and they do not have the visible metal clasps that can be seen with fixed bridges, making them appear like natural teeth.
What Are Fixed Bridges?
A fixed bridge, or a traditional bridge, is a dental bridge that requires support from adjacent teeth. We will anchor the bridge to the teeth on either side of the gap using dental crowns placed over the prepared teeth.
Although implant bridges provide several benefits, fixed bridges also offer their share of benefits. Below are some of the most significant benefits of fixed bridges.
They Are Less Expensive
One of the main differences between implant bridges vs. fixed bridges is that fixed bridges are typically less expensive than implant bridges. This is also one of the reasons why most patients prefer fixed bridges.
They Have a Faster Treatment Process
Another difference between implant bridges and fixed bridges is in their treatment time. Placing fixed bridges requires a shorter amount of time than implant bridges, which require surgery and a longer healing time.
They Do Not Require Surgery
Unlike implant bridges, fixed bridges do not require any surgical procedures. This makes it easier to place them, and it is easier on the patient since they do not have to worry about a recovery period.
They Are More Stable
A key difference between implant bridges vs. fixed bridges is stability. Unlike implant bridges, fixed bridges must anchor themselves to adjacent teeth, providing good stability and can restore proper biting and chewing function.
Choosing the Right Bridge for You
The choice between implant bridges and fixed bridges depends on various factors, including the number of missing teeth, the location of the missing teeth, oral health, and your budget. We will assess your needs and help you determine your best option. Talk to us at Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry to determine which type of bridge is right for you.