Dental Implants Vs. Dental Crowns & Bridges – What’s The Difference?

If you’re looking to restore your smile in Round Rock, you may be choosing between dental implants and crowns & bridges, which are also just known as “dental bridges.” 

Wondering whether dental implants or dental bridges are right for you? In this blog, SmileWell Dental will look at a few differences between these treatments including longevity, price, invasiveness of treatment, and more. Read on to get all the information you need! 

Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges – Longevity

Dental implants are superior to dental bridges when it comes to overall treatment longevity. Implants can last for the rest of your life with proper care, and more than 90% of all dental implants are still intact after 30+ years.

In contrast, dental bridges usually must be replaced every 5-15 years. If you want a long-lasting solution for replacing your teeth, implants are a better option.

Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges – Price

Dental bridges are usually significantly cheaper than dental implants, so they may be a better choice if you’re on a budget. However, as noted above, dental implants last a lot longer. So, when you consider your overall lifetime investment in tooth replacement, dental implants may be a better choice, even though they have a high up-front cost.

If you want an accurate quote for the price of a dental implant or bridge, you’ll need to contact SmileWell Dental for a consultation. The price of each treatment varies a lot depending on your own unique situation, but Dr. Reddy can give you an informed quote after your appointment, and help you learn more about how much you’ll pay for a dental implant or bridge.

Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges – Invasiveness 

Getting a dental bridge is less invasive than an implant. While bridges do require the removal of some natural enamel on the teeth that are next to your missing tooth, they do not require any major surgery. 

In contrast, dental implants do require implant placement surgery. This surgery is minimally-invasive, especially compared to treatments like tooth extractions, but this is still something you may want to consider when choosing between bridges and implants.

Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges – Stability 

When they’re first placed, dental implants and dental bridges are both very stable. The bridge anchors itself to two of your healthy teeth, while your implant will be anchored directly to your jaw bone. Neither type of prosthetic will move or shift when you eat and speak.

Over time, though, dental bridges can loosen as the dental cement used to attach them wears down. This is especially common if tooth decay makes it under the bridge. 

This does not happen with implants. Your implant will remain stable and secure for years to come, and will never shift or move. 

Interested In Dental Bridges And Dental Implants? Contact SmileWell Dental Today!

At SmileWell Dental, Dr. Reddy can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of both dental bridges and dental implants, discuss your budget and your oral health, and help you pick the tooth replacement option that’s right for you. Contact us online or give us a call at (512) 677-7411 to schedule an appointment in Round Rock today.

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