Dental bridges aren’t embedded beneath your gum, so there’s a chance that the structure of the bridge may be slightly visible behind or in between your replacement teeth, although your dentist will make the bridge look as natural as possible. It can take a little while to get used to the feeling of a bridge in your mouth, but after a while, they should begin to feel more comfortable.
Implants may be a preferred option if you want to avoid causing any damage to your existing teeth. When you have a bridge fitted, your dentist may need to cut your natural teeth on either side. Dental implants can take as much pressure as a natural tooth because they’re embedded into your jaw, while dental bridges spread any pressure to the adjacent teeth, which have usually been cut or filed down to support the crowns.
While implants can last as long as natural teeth if you look after them well, a dental bridge can weaken over time due to this pressure and the fact that the supporting teeth have been filed away. A dental bridge will eventually require restoration treatment, but you can ensure it lasts for many years by looking after it well.
Jaw health can be another factor to think about when you’re considering a tooth replacement. When you lose a tooth and its root, the teeth on either side of the gap can ‘lean’ into the space that’s left, which can cause bone loss. A dental bridge secures the adjacent teeth and stops them from shifting, but, unlike an implant, it doesn’t have a screw placed into the jaw to fill the socket of the missing tooth, so a bridge doesn’t prevent bone loss over time.
An implant functions like a real tooth with a root and your jaw will remain strong as you age, preventing bone loss which can impact your face shape.