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The Difference Between Dental Bridges and Dental Implants

The Difference Between Dental Bridges and Dental Implants

A dental bridge, as its name implies, bridges the gap left by one or more missing teeth. A dental implant, on the other hand, is an artificial root paired with a tooth-like crown that replaces a single missing or decayed tooth. 

Both dental procedures aim to restore the function and appearance of your teeth, so which option should you get? Because both options are highly effective, the choice usually comes down to longevity, cost, and the degree of invasiveness you are willing to go through for your restorative procedure. 

Marlborough Dental Centre in Calgary offers both dental bridges and dental implants to restore your oral health and smile. If you are not sure which procedure to have, our dentists will be happy to walk you through both options and help you make a choice that is better for you. Connect with our dental clinic today to schedule an appointment for all your dental services. 

What Is A Dental Bridge? 

A dental bridge is a series of artificial (usually porcelain) crowns bonded together that attaches to adjacent teeth to fill up a gap. The device relies on the support provided by the adjacent teeth to stay in place, so it does not need to be rooted in your gums. Because a dental bridge fills up the space left by missing teeth rather than replacing them altogether, it is considered a convenient and non-invasive solution. 

What Is A Dental Implant? 

A dental implant replaces a missing or decayed tooth. It is a titanium root that is anchored in your jawbone and covered with a porcelain crown in order to blend in with the rest of your teeth. Thanks to a process called osseointegration, the root fuses with your jawbone over time, ensuring your dental implant stays in place for a very long time (if not permanently). 

Dental Bridge Vs. Dental Implant 

Both dental procedures serve a similar purpose, which is to restore the appearance and function of your teeth. And both do it very well. Choosing between the two, then, is often a question of convenience and cost. 

A dental bridge may be the better choice for you if:

You do not want to go through surgery: Unlike getting a dental implant, having a bridge installed does not count as surgery. Your dentist does not have to drill a titanium screw in your gum while you are sedated; they will merely have to file down your adjacent teeth so they can bond more firmly to your dental bridge. 

You want an even more affordable dental restoration procedure: Dental bridges are less expensive than dental implants. Given that a dental bridge does not require surgery, it usually costs a few hundred dollars less. 

You have suffered jaw damage: If your jaw is not in tip-top shape, you may not have a choice in the matter. A dental bridge would be the only possible option as a dental implant requires osseointegration. 

A dental implant may be preferable if:

You want a more permanent solution: Whereas a dental bridge needs to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, a dental implant can last a lifetime if properly maintained. 

You want to protect your jawbone: Because a dental bridge does not replace the root of your tooth, it leaves your jawbone susceptible to deterioration. This is not a problem with implants, as they can fuse with the jawbone一strengthening it in the process. 

You have several adjacent teeth missing: If your dentist cannot identify two suitable teeth that can serve as anchors to your dental bridge, you will have no choice but to look into dental implants. 

Your Dental Restoration Procedure In Calgary 

Both dental restoration procedures are equally effective. Whether you are wearing a dental bridge or have implants installed, you will regain the full use of your teeth and jaw, as well as a perfect smile. The choice between a dental bridge and a dental implant often comes down to costs and convenience. A dental bridge is cheaper but does not last as long, while a dental implant costs more and is permanent. Some patients may also lean one way or the other because of certain health conditions, which is why you should always consult a dentist before deciding on your restoration device.

Where better to make your decision than at Marlborough Dental Centre? Our Calgary dentists have the experience and expertise necessary to identify and follow up with the optimal dental restoration procedure for you. Call our dental clinic at 403-248-2066 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a dental exam today. 


Q: How long do dental bridges last?
A: Assuming good oral hygiene and proper care, dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. 

Q: What hurts more? A dental bridge or dental implant?
A: Both dental restoration procedures are relatively painless. While the idea of getting an implant may sound painful, the patient will be almost always under sedation. The recovery period for both procedures is roughly the same一usually a few days to a week. 

Q: Does insurance cover both dental bridges and implants?
A: Please do not assume that your insurance covers both dental restoration procedures. It is possible that an insurance provider covers one but not the other or neither. Please contact your insurance provider to confirm its coverage.

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