What's the difference between a bridge and an implant?
Bridges and implants both replace missing teeth, but that is where the similarity ends.
The goal of a bridge is simply to place an artificial tooth in the gap left when you lose a tooth. However, to do this, the artificial tooth must be attached to adjacent teeth with crowns, meaning we must alter the shape and size of otherwise healthy teeth to accommodate the crowns. Bridges last about eight to ten years before we need to replace them.
A dental implant is a full tooth replacement solution. It is composed of a tiny titanium post that is implanted in your jaw, taking the place of the missing tooth root. As the implant heals, it integrates fully with surrounding bone and tissue and becomes part of your dental anatomy.
We then attach a restoration like a crown to the implant, which is the part of your tooth that functions and that everyone sees. Dental implants won’t decay, although you still have to take good care of your gums to avoid gum disease and failure of your implant.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of dental implants? Please call our Alpharetta, GA dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation at your convenience.