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Dental Bridge

What is the difference between a bridge and an implant?

A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth and it uses the adjacent teeth for support and retention. A bridge is permanently cemented in place. An implant, is also a permanent solution to tooth replacement, but it does not rely on the adjacent teeth. It is like an individual natural tooth. Implant treatment is more conservative in nature and more lengthy but the final result is more natural. Bridge treatment is a lot faster, as there is no healing period involved, but it is more aggressive in nature. Both treatments depending on the individual indications can be very good, long-term treatment options.

How long does implant treatment take?

After implants are placed in the mouth they must be allowed to heal for a period between 10-20 weeks. Once the healing is completed then crowns, bridges or dentures can be placed onto the implants. In more complex cases treatment can take longer depending on the individual circumstances.

What is a fixed dental bridge?

A fixed dental bridge is a permanent way to replace one or more missing teeth. The design of a fixed bridge involves one or more replacement teeth attached to the natural teeth on either side of the space. A bridge is often made of metal covered by porcelain. This results in a very esthetic, yet strong structure to replace missing teeth.