Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants: Which is right for you?

Do you know the difference between dental implants and a dental bridge? Both can restore your smile and improve your self-esteem, but both are radically different. In this week’s blog, Dr. Roderick Garcia, DMD in Albuquerque, New Mexico discusses the differences between the two to help you make a better informed decision about what is best for you. What are Dental Implants?Dental implants are a series of titanium implants that are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Over time the titanium implant forms a bond with the bone similar to that between a tooth and the jaw bone. After you receive a dental implant, a crown is placed to replicate the enamel or visible portion of the tooth. Oftentimes, dental implants preserve the integrity of the space in your mouth and prevent further jaw bone loss.What are Dental Bridges?If you are looking for a bridge that is more of a permanent fixture and cannot be removed like dentures can, try a fixed dental bridge. A dental bridge can restore stability to your mouth, maintain your face shape, and prevent teeth from drifting out of position. There are several different types of bridges and each one is determined by the number of teeth you have remaining, the health of your teeth and any cosmetic considerations.Difference in Cost between Implant vs. BridgeIt may seem at first glance that a dental bridge will be the most economically sound choice, however the value is incomparable. Dental implants are more cost-effective because of their durability and treatment options. No matter the choice you make, Dr. Garcia, DMD in Albuquerque has financing options that are customized to your budget so any dental procedure will be affordable.If you are looking to restore your smile, but you are unsure if a dental bridge or implants are right for you, contact Dr. Roderick Garcia, DMD in Albuquerque, New Mexico today. We are always accepting new patients and dental insurance is never needed.

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