What is the difference between a bridge and a dental implant?
If you are missing one or more teeth, it’s crucial for your oral health that you replace the space left behind. Even if the missing tooth is in the back of your mouth where it isn’t visible, replacing it will keep the healthy teeth in your mouth from shifting. When teeth start shifting, this can lead to additional tooth loss.
Two ways our Calgary, AB dental clinic replaces the gap left by missing teeth include a dental bridge or a dental implant. Both are good options for tooth replacement.
A dental bridge is an oral appliance that connects to the teeth on either side of the space in your mouth. Generally, a dental crown is placed on those teeth, and the bridge connects to the crowns. The bridge consists of a false tooth that is designed to blend in with your natural teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone where the tooth root once was. After a healing process of about four to six months, a dental crown is placed on top of the dental implant. This permanent tooth replacement looks and functions very much like the natural tooth it has replaced.