Dental Implant – How is this different from a Bridge?

There are so many terms used in the dental profession that lead to confusion about what individual patients may need or desire.  Let’s discuss the differences between these two options, Dental Implants and Bridges. 

Dental Implant

Some people lose teeth due to injury, tooth decay or gum disease. A dental implant is:

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  • An artificial tooth used to replace a tooth that has been removed permanently
  • These implants are designed to match surrounding teeth.
  • Can provide support for bridges.
  • Do not affect the teeth bordering them. 
  • Protect from loss of jawbone, which often occurs when you lose a tooth.


Some of the advantages of a Dental Implant are:

  • Improved appearance – because of their natural appearance.
  • Improved speech – because they are “implanted” they do not move, allowing you to speak normally.
  • Easier eating – they feel and act like real teeth, no sliding and no pain.
  • Improved self-esteem – allow you confidence because of the natural feel and look.
  • Improved oral health – unlike other apparatuses, implants do not affect other teeth due to shifting, rubbing and scraping.
  • Durability – often, implants will last a lifetime.
  • Convenience – because they are just like natural teeth, they require no more care than your other teeth.


Dental Bridge

Sometimes people lose more than one tooth due to injury, tooth decay or gum disease. A dental bridge is:

Dental Implant - Bridges  A “bridge” of two or more crowns positioned between permanent teeth, natural or implanted.

  • Permanent teeth are the “anchors” for the bridge. These teeth are also called abutment teeth.
  • The false teeth in the bridge are called pontics. 
  • The false teeth can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.


 Some of the advantages of dental bridge are:

  • Help restore your smile
  • Ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position. Natural teeth move into vacant spaces over time.

In conclusion, Dental Implants and Bridges are different. They can be used together or separately depending on your needs. Allow a dental professional examine you and discuss your options and needs.