Choosing between a dental implant and a dental bridge
By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
January 21, 2015
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People who are missing one or more teeth experience a change in the way they look, eat and speak. Fortunately, there are easy and affordable solutions to fix this problem. A dental implant or dental bridge can both be effective, but it is up to patients to decide which option is right for them.

Dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw and can last for decades. They are stronger than dental bridges and implants look and feel just like a natural tooth. Implants are more of a long-term fix, although the overall procedure is more extensive than that of a dental bridge.

The cost is reflected in the time it takes to complete each process. Single implants can cost thousands of dollars, and the procedure is usually not covered by insurance carriers. Bridges are cheaper, although their life expectancy is not as high as an implant.

Modern medicine has minimized risk factors as complications stemming from dental implants are all but a thing of the past. Sinus problems due to implants are very rare. While any surgery brings some risk, problems arising from dental implant procedures are at less than 5%.

The procedure is, however, two to three times longer than having a dental bridge placed in your mouth. Dental bridges are drilled right into the jaw, which actually helps preserve your jawbone. Bridges still work well, but their biggest advantages seem to be from a time and financial standpoint. It is essentially a quicker and cheaper option.

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for a dental implant. Health plays more of an important role than age. Ideal candidates have a healthy jawbone that can adequately support the implant. Smokers, diabetics and those with low immune systems are poor candidates and would be better suited opting for a dental bridge instead.

Bridges place stress on the teeth it is resting upon, and they are not as easily maintained as an implant. Also, if an adjoining tooth connected to the bridge starts to decay, the bridge may need to be replaced. Nevertheless, both options will fill the empty space caused by a missing tooth and provide a very natural look.

Dental bridges and dental implants in Bellevue can be yours with the assistance of the team at Fine Dental Arts. Our dentists can help you decide on the right option for you while giving you a healthier and more natural set of teeth. Contact our office today as we are the top dental service in Redmond and Kirkland as well.