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Union City area dentist describes the differences between an implant vs. bridge

Patients located around Union City often wonder where they can get quality care and attention when they are dealing with missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted. At the Center for Implant Dentistry, we offer patients a myriad of solutions when it comes to replacing their teeth and we may make suggestions based on their specific problem and their budget. One decision many patients need to make is whether to have an implant vs. dental bridge for replacing a single tooth.

There are several similarities in implants and bridges. Both implants and dental bridges are used in restorative dentistry. They both function in a manner in which they can replace one or more teeth within the smile. They are both beautiful, strong, and long lasting. Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta use both regularly in their practice and may make a suggestion for one over the other for patients unsure of which is most appropriate.

However, there are some differences, which patients may need to consider. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed as a fixture within the bone. They can last a lifetime, and often have a high success rate. They can be used to replace one or more teeth, and can even hold full dentures in place if necessary. Implants do require oral surgery and patients need to ensure they are a proper candidate with sufficient bone structure. Otherwise, bone grafting may be considered as well as alternative methods of repair.

Dental bridges are used for patients who want to replace one or more teeth in a row. These porcelain restorations are custom-made to match the color, shape, and size of the existing teeth for cosmetic enhancement. Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta find that this is an affordable solution to missing teeth and can allow patients to enjoy a restored smile for several years before replacement.

If you want to discuss with our team the possibility of having dental implants or bridges placed within the smile for restoration, contact the Center for Implant Dentistry today. We welcome patients to our state-of-the-art, friendly practice for comprehensive quality care.

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