Bridge vs. Dental Implant

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Our goal at Prestige Oral Surgery is to educate our patients and give them the best solution for their situation. Let’s discuss bridges and implants.

What Is a Bridge?A bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face.On the first visit, your dentist prepares the teeth on both sides of the gap. Yes that means each tooth is cut down so the bridge can fit over the teeth. Our dental team will later attach the bridge to these teeth. If necessary we will place a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth while you wait for the permanent bridge to be made.

How is a dental implant different than a bridge?The dental implant has many benefits, not the least of which is that the teeth either side are left untouched and have a much better chance of staying in working order than those supporting a bridge.Because the implant and the crown are independent of the surrounding teeth you can floss and clean them in the same way you do with the rest of your teeth. This also means that the teeth on either side are kept clean and free of debris. And dental implants can last a lifetime if you maintain them. Call Dr. Mohammed Erakat to learn more about your missing teeth choices @ 732-297-7000.