Natural Bridge vs Dental Implants
If you have a missing tooth then you may be a candidate for a dental implant. Natural Bridge and Implants are used to recreate a missing tooth for an individual who wants to regain their ability to eat the foods they love, regain their smile, and get their self-confidence back.
The titanium implant is the key part of the dental implant and it sits where the original tooth’s was located.
Over time the titanium will bond with the bone and in some ways act as the original tooth would. This, and the mechanical stimulation of the bone, is what prevents more bone loss from occurring and why a dental implant and Natural Bridge is such a popular choice for both dentists and patients when it comes to tooth replacement for a lost tooth or teeth.
The implant itself is eventually capped with a crown, which will look and feel as the rest of the teeth in your mouth. In many cases, this is the preferred treatment for a missing tooth because it will not only act as the original tooth, but if cared for properly should last for the rest of a patient’s life.
Fixed Dental Bridge
A fixed dental bridge is placed in order to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is non-removable once it’s fitted in place. In order to replace a missing tooth with a fixed dental bridge we would need to file down the adjacent neighbouring teeth in order to create room for the actual fixed dental (porcelain) bridge.
For a long period of time, before dental implants became so popular, it was the best cosmetic procedure available for patients who suffered from a missing tooth.
The procedure was extremely successful, looked aesthetically natural, and was very affordable. The drawback, as mentioned before, was that there were some issues presented as the remaining natural teeth that were positioned on either side of the bridge had to be filed in order for the bridge to be properly set in place.
This could leave the teeth surrounding the bridge susceptible to bacteria and plaque build up, tooth decay, and even periodontal disease.
Cost vs. Investment
From the mid nineties up to nowadays several scientific studies were done in order to compare both treatments: dental Implant vs Natural Bridge teeth in order to replace a missing single tooth.
The conclusion of most of these studies was more favorable to the dental implant option as it would have a better long term prognosis (it should last longer) with less drawbacks, being the main one the fact that it doesn’t put in danger the adjacent teeth – sometimes completely healthy.
The only disadvantage that was showed was the cost. A dental implant used to be much more expensive than a bridge. Nowadays, and with the fair prices that we offer at the Marylebone Implant Centre, that is not true anymore. With our competitive prices you can benefit from all the advantages of having a dental implant in order to replace a bridge with a similar, if not, less expensive cost.
There is something else to have in mind: adding to the cost of the fixed bridge, there may be the need of doing a root canal treatment to the teeth that will support the bridge, such as the need of a post and a core. These additional procedures will increase even more the cost of a fixed dental bridge.