Are Dental Implant Bridges better than Dentures?
When deciding between a dental bridge and dentures there are many factors that a patient needs to consider. First and foremost a visit to your dentist is crucial to understand what options are available for you, and your dentist should be able to recommend the correct treatment. Generally, though, there are choices to make, as most people are candidates for either a bridge or dentures.
Dentures are a removable plate that holds at least one artificial tooth, often more. A set of dentures can replace the whole row of teeth on the bottom or top jaw. Sometimes, if the amount of missing teeth is small, a set of dentures can be made in a frame that is similar to a retainer. Dentures are always removable and last around five years.
A bridge is different. It is a permanent implant that lasts around fifteen years. A bridge is best suited to replace a few missing teeth that have healthy teeth on either side of them, however, they can be used for an entire row of teeth or a row of missing teeth that only have one tooth to anchor to – though in this situation an alternative is usually recommended. Bridges work by creating a little bridge of false teeth between two other anchor teeth. The anchor teeth must have the enamel filed down because when the implant is inserted a crown is placed on top of the each filed down tooth to give it them the appearance of regular teeth.
Dentures are the poorest type of tooth replacement, with dental bridges almost always being a better option.
These many reasons are why dentures are the inferior option when it comes to tooth replacement. Bridges, on the other hand, do not cause any of these issues and simulate the teeth that are missing. Patients will be able to eat and speak as they did before tooth loss. Bridges also feel more similar to regular teeth and will have an appearance that matches the rest of your teeth more seamlessly. Essentially, bridges are better in every way when compared to dentures. They are permanent and do not move around, you can chew and speak better with a bridge, they do not feel cumbersome like dentures, food cannot get under them and cause decay, and they do not cause gag reflexes as they are the same size and shape as regular teeth.
While dentures are a less expensive option when a patient needs teeth replaced they are less expensive for a reason. Dental bridges are worth the extra money and should be considered an investment for your health and wellness.