Dental Bridge vs Implant: Which is Better?

Dental Bridge vs Implant: Which is Better?

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Both a dental bridge and a dental implant can be highly effective and functional treatment options for those missing teeth. Though how do you know which one is better? Or, better yet — how do you know which one is better for you?

Come with us as we take a closer look at dental bridges and dental implants, uncovering all the details you need to make an informed decision about your oral health. 

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth – or multiple consecutive teeth. It is usually held in place by a dental crown attached to either or both healthy surrounding teeth. This secures an anchor, with pontics (false teeth) placed between them. 

A dental bridge is fixed and cannot be removed. They look great and function well to restore bites, speech, and smiles. 

Dental bridges are a quick solution to filling a gap and are often more affordable than the alternative. However, they do require the utilization of surrounding healthy teeth to secure the bridge in place. 

What is a Dental Implant? 

Dental implants are considered the gold treatment when it comes to tooth alternatives. They are able to replace both the crown and the root of a tooth, restoring its functionality and its appearance. Many patients agree that it almost feels just like the real thing. 

Dental implants use the jawbone to create a stable foundation for the replacement. Thus, they do not require any interaction with the surrounding teeth when filling a gap.

The versatility of dental implants allows them to be available for both single-tooth replacements, implant-supported bridges, and even full dentures. 

Dental implants give you a natural smile and a strong bite, but it is worth noting that it is a months-long process to get them — and the cost can be quite high. 

Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant: Which One is Better? 

If dental bridges and dental implants are both great options, how do you decide which one is better? Let’s take a closer look at a few factors that may play a role in your decision. 

Bone Density

Your level of bone density plays a very significant role in whether or not dental implants are a viable solution. Because the implant fuses with the bone to create a solid anchor for the artificial tooth, without good density the implant is likely to fail. 

Poor oral health and periodontal disease will have to be addressed before you can move forward with either type of treatment, However, they can have an impact on bone density and may make someone a better candidate for a dental bridge rather than a dental implant. 

The good news is that by investing in an additional procedure known as bone grafting, bone loss can be restored — and so can your options. 

Health of Surrounding Teeth

A dental bridge relies on surrounding teeth for support. Generally, a dental crown will be placed on the healthy tooth in order to secure the bridge in place. You will want to make sure these teeth are healthy and strong. Though, also understand you are adding a dental crown to a perfectly healthy tooth.

If you opt for a dental implant-supported bridge, you don’t have to worry about the surrounding teeth being impacted, but you will, of course, have to consider bone density as discussed above. 


Both dental bridges and dental implants are long-term solutions. However, there is no denying the fact that dental implants are meant to last longer. The implant post becomes a permanent fixture once it attaches to the bone. The dental crown on top may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. 

Dental bridges involve the use of dental crowns and pontics. These, too, will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years on average. 

In both instances, the greater the level of oral care, the longer the dental crowns will last. 

Talk To Your Oral Surgeon

The best thing you can do for your oral health is to discuss your options with an experienced oral surgeon. They will be able to assess things like your bone density, the health of your surrounding teeth, and your overall oral health to guide you toward the best option for you. 

Will it be dental implants? A dental bridge? Find out with a visit to Rio Grande Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center

Contact us today at 505-821-2111. Or, request an appointment online.