It is difficult to say which one is better because it really comes down to the individual patient. For some, an implant may be better, for others, bridges.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in your jaw, where it is allowed to integrate into the surrounding bone. It takes the place of the missing root, which stimulates growth of the bone and gum tissue. This important process prevents your jawbone from deteriorating in the region of the missing tooth.
A bridge is a dental prosthesis consisting of an artificial tooth held in place by crowns attached to neighboring teeth. The bridge fills the space left behind by the missing tooth, restoring your ability to speak and chew properly. A bridge typically requires support from the two teeth in front and behind the empty space.
Dental implants are preferable because of their proven predictability, however, not everyone is a good candidate. Ultimately, the best option depends on your oral health, budget, and timeline regarding treatment completion. A bridge procedure can be completed within 2 weeks, but an implant procedure can take anywhere from 6-10 months, due to healing time post surgery.
If you feel you may need an implant or a bridge, please call our Queen Anne office today to schedule a consultation. We will take a detailed look at your situation and help you determine the best option.