Dental Implants vs. Bridges

If you are missing a tooth or a number of them, your dentist may give you an option of undergoing dental implants or a dental bridge. When it comes to the overall health of your mouth, you may want to be well-informed before making a decision.

Before opting for dental implants or dental bridge, take time to read our comparison.

What is a bridge?

If you’re missing a tooth, a gap will be formed where that tooth used to be. A dental bridge “bridges” that gap, utilising the adjacent healthy teeth as anchors. Your dentist will have the anchoring teeth filed down and place crowns (which are hollow, artificial teeth) over them. Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth and create a customised, one-piece bridge with crowns or artificial teeth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant, on the other hand, is a small cylindrical shaped metal post that substitutes the root of a tooth. A crown or replacement tooth is then fitted with the new dental implant with a small attachment.

Cost Breakdown: Dental Implant vs. Bridge

Looking at first glance, it may appear that a dental bridge is the more cost-effective choice, with overall fees for a typical implant at the most expensive cost for a fixed bridge and ending with a price that’s a thousand dollars higher. However, if you compare between cost and value, a dental implant is a better choice and a much better treatment choice.

In the end, the only deciding factor whether which treatment option is better for you is what the dentist will tell you. Your Surrey dentist is the only one who can assess and decide what would be best to address your tooth replacement needs.