What’s the difference between a bridge and an dental implant?

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Both bridges and dental implants are excellent choices for replacing missing teeth, in our Glendale Dentist Office . Which option is right for you will depend on a number of factors, including your insurance coverage, your budget, the number of teeth you need to replace, and your overall dental goals.

Bridges are often covered by insurance plans and cost less than dental implants. They are bonded in place, and the artificial tooth (or “pontic”) sits above the gumline. A bridge can be made up of one or more artificial teeth and is affixed to the adjacent teeth using porcelain crowns.

Dental implants often are not covered by insurance plans (although coverage does vary and we are happy to check your particular plan) and do cost more than bridges. We do feel that the benefits afforded by implants justify the higher price, and they should be considered a valuable investment in your dental health.

Dental implants have a crucial advantage over bridges – they help to maintain the health and density of the periodontal bone beneath your gums. When you have a bridge, the bone is not stimulated to continue maintaining itself, and over time, it will deteriorate, affecting the shape of your face and the health of your other teeth. You may eventually need to replace your bridge to accommodate these changes.

Dental bridges can be held in place with dental implants, which is a great solution if you are missing multiple teeth and feel that selecting individual implants would be too costly.

Call our office to discuss your options with Dr. Narra and find the solution that is right for you.

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