Dental Implants vs. Bridges

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Mon, 07/15/2013

Both dental implants and dental bridges are solutions for replacing missing teeth, but dental implants offer a stronger, longer-lasting, and more reliable hold. Dr. Gregory Miyake offers both solutions for our patients. During your Fresno implant dentistry consultation, he can help you determine which option is best for your smile.

If you live in or around Fresno, California and are missing one or more teeth, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS or call 559-224-0103 today to schedule an implant dentistry consultation.

Differences between Bridges and Implants

Dental implants are secured into your jawbone where they act as a replacement tooth root. In doing so, dental implants prevent jaw collapse and provide a solid foundation for your dental restoration. Implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support and, once placed, have the potential of providing a lifetime of support.

Dental bridges utilize adjacent teeth for support, requiring preparation that can weaken surrounding teeth. Bridges hold dental crowns on top of the gums and provide full restoration of bite strength and related functions, but cannot prevent jaw shrinkage. With time, you will need to have your bridge adjusted to ensure its continued comfort.

Both bridges and implants offer a good solution for replacing missing teeth, but neither one is right for every patient. Dr. Miyake would be happy to assess your needs during your initial consultation to help you determine which option is right for you.

To schedule an implant dentistry consultation with our experienced Fresno dentist, please contact us today. Dr. Miyake provides both dental bridge and implant dentistry options to people living in and around Fresno, Clovis, and Madera, California.