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Cambridge Dental
Dr. Mark A. Gaona

Should I get an implant or bridge to replace missing teeth?

Dental implants and bridges are both excellent options to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are generally the better choice because of the benefits they provide; however, bridges are a time-tested solution that may be the best option in your case.

Pros and Cons of Implants and Bridges

A dental implant is a titanium replacement root. It’s placed surgically in your jawbone, and as it heals, it becomes one with the bone and tissue around it. The presence of the artificial root stimulates the jawbone to keep regenerating, keeping the bone stable and intact.

A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth secured to adjacent teeth with crowns, which support it. Since it’s a prosthetic that sits on top of your gums, a bridge doesn’t help with bone loss that occurs after tooth loss.

However, there are pros and cons to each. Getting a dental implant takes 4-8 months from start to finish, while a bridge can be completed in about three weeks. Also, some people don’t have enough healthy bone in their jaw to place an implant.

Is a Dental Implant or Bridge Right for You?

The bottom line is that the right tooth replacement for you is the one that best meets all your needs. If you would like more information about our tooth replacement options, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures, please call us at (623) 486-4700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gaona.

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