Let’s Settle The Battle – Dental Bridge VS Implant
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Dental Bridge Vs Implant - The Battle of Cost and Function
The cost of dental implants and bridges differs depending on a wide range of factors;
- The number of teeth fixed
- The complexity of the situation
- Choice of raw materials
- The location of the dental practice.
Dental implants, in general, are more expensive than bridges. A dental implant can cost between $1,500 and $6,000 per tooth in Killeen, Texas, whereas a bridge can cost between $500 and $1,200 for each tooth.
When it comes to function, dental implants and bridges both have advantages and disadvantages. Dental implants are the gold standard for restoring missing teeth since they function identically to natural teeth.
They are built from a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone, which serves as an anchor for a prosthetic tooth. This means that dental implants can give excellent stability and support for eating and speaking and aid in jawbone preservation.
Bridges, on the other hand, are made of a prosthetic tooth that is held in place by dental crowns. Bridges can also give good stability and support, although they do necessitate filing down the adjacent teeth to accommodate the crowns.
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Advantages of Dental Implants
- Has natural appearance and performance: Dental implants look and work like natural teeth, so it practically works in stealth mode.
- Jawbone health: Jawbone degradation begins with losing a tooth and continues throughout life. A dental implant can slow or even reverse bone loss.
- Preserving neighboring teeth: A dental implant does not affect surrounding teeth; therefore is completely safe.
- Almost no maintenance: Simply maintain good oral hygiene and visit the dentist twice a year; your dental implant should last a lifetime.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
- Dental bridges do not require any oral surgery. Simply put, the teeth are prepared, and the bridge is bonded to them.
- Length of Procedure: A dental bridge is completed in just two appointments and a few days. We shall first prepare your teeth and obtain dental imprints. You will return to us once your bridge has been returned from the dental lab.
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Disadvantages of Dental Implants
- Dental implant installation is considered an invasive oral surgery and has a risk of consequences like nerve damage or infection. For those with underlying medical illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease, the risks are slightly higher.
- Duration: The length of time is around 6 months if we include healing time as well.
Disadvantages of Dental Bridges
- When we install a dental bridge, we have to take out some healthy parts of the nearby teeth. This can make them more likely to get cavities or break. Although bridges look fairly natural, they connect to other teeth, affecting their appearance.
- Dental implants have a more pleasing aesthetic and don’t rely on neighboring teeth. Implants also have the advantage of lasting much longer than bridges, which usually need to be replaced every 10 years or so.