Shipp Family Dentistry

What’s the difference between a bridge and an implant?

A dental implant is a cylindrical titanium post that is positioned surgically in your jawbone. Because titanium is readily accepted by the body, as the implant post heals, it fuses with the bone and tissue that surround it. This process is called osseointegration, and it's during this time that your implant gains its strength and stability.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option that fills a space that can replace one, two, or sometimes three to four teeth. The bridge places an artificial tooth in the open space and attaches to adjacent teeth with dental crowns. The drawback of using bridges is that they require us to alter healthy teeth to accommodate the dental crowns.

After the implant heals, it acts just as your natural tooth root did and helps minimize bone loss that commonly occurs after you lose a tooth. A dental bridge that sits on top of your gums completes your smile but does nothing to prevent the bone loss that can ultimately lead to additional tooth loss.

Contact Our Columbus, Mississippi Dental Office

There are still plenty of cases where a dental bridge would be an excellent choice, but dental implants offer so many benefits that they have become the tooth replacement of choice. If you’re thinking about tooth replacement and want to learn more about dental implants in Columbus, MO, please call Shipp Family Dentistry.

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