What’s the difference between a bridge and a dental implant?
A bridge and dental implant are similar because they both restore the function and appearance of your smile. But that’s where the similarity ends.
Dental bridges have been a staple of dentistry for decades and are still an excellent choice for tooth replacement. But there are a couple of drawbacks; the success of a bridge requires alteration of healthy adjacent teeth, and esthetics are restored with an artificial tooth that sits on top of your gums.
Dental implants, on the other hand, use a tiny titanium post placed in your jaw that replaces the entire tooth from root to crown. A dental implant is as close as we can get to the form and function of a natural tooth.
The benefit of a full tooth replacement is that it looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. The implant becomes a permanent part of your dental structure and stimulates the regrowth of the bone that supports your teeth. This is critical because deterioration of bone is a common problem with tooth loss.
We recommend dental implants at our Washington, PA dental office, but we want you to be aware of all your options so you can make a decision you’re comfortable with.
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