Should I Get a Bridge or a Dental Implant

Proper replacement is a must when you lose a tooth, as this will help keep the rest of your teeth aligned. Replacement teeth will also help maintain your facial shape and prevent difficulties when eating or speaking. Dental implants and bridges are common replacement options, and an understanding of each will help you make informed decisions:

Dental Bridges

These are false teeth held in place by the natural teeth around your missing tooth. They are usually made from materials like porcelain to match the patient’s natural tooth colour and can cover one or several missing teeth. Bone grafting or invasive surgery is not required, and this treatment costs less than dental implants. Most patients will only require two visits to the dentist spread over a couple of weeks in order to complete this procedure. 

A dental bridge will have to be replaced about every 5 to 7 years and can lose its natural-looking appearance with age. There is a possibility of damaging the healthy teeth around the missing tooth, and there may be more cavities and tooth decay in surrounding teeth than with implants. 

Dental Implants

These are artificial tooth roots and are usually made from titanium. They will be mounted into your jawbone with screws to hold a crown or bridge in place. Artificial teeth will be implanted, and the implant will fuse with your jawbone. This is considered a permanent solution for tooth loss and is a long-lasting investment. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth and will not damage the healthy teeth around the implant. 

This option is more expensive, and the process can take up to six months to complete. 

Which Is the Better Option?

A dentist will assess your situation to determine whether a dental implant or bridge is best for your smile. They will consider your dental goals and will make professional recommendations. Several factors will be considered including:

Cost Factors

Dental insurance may cover a dental bridge but not an implant. This will depend on the type of coverage you have but don’t base your decision on cost alone and consider the big picture, as dental implants are long-lasting and may be better for your oral health. Some dentists offer payment plans, and you can inquire about this aspect. 

Missing Several Teeth?

If you are missing several consecutive teeth, a dental bridge may be a good option. Implants need to be placed individually, and surgically attaching multiple implants to your jawbone can be both painful and costly, and this kind of surgery would not be very practical. 

Overall Health

Patients with medical conditions like diabetes, for example, may not be suitable candidates for dental implants as surgery is required, and certain conditions may slow down the healing process. Patients must be in good overall health and have a jawbone free of decay to support the implant. 


Dental implants will take longer; however, this solution will last longer.


Not sure which of these options is right for your smile? Grand Bend Family Dental will help you make the right choice! We will provide you with detailed information and will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both dental implants and bridges.

Contact us to schedule your appointment: call (519) 238-2368 today!