Dental Implants VS Fixed Bridge. What is the best fixed prosthetic option if you lost a tooth?

Both options work for fixed prosthetic rehabilitation of one or more missing teeth. Let’s talk a little bit about each one of these two options.

A dental implant is a type of fixed prosthesis that goes inside the bone, to later place a crown on that implant, it is considered the artificial replacement of the root’s tooth. Usually, it has a threaded shape and is made of biocompatible materials that do not produce a rejection response, which allows for its union into the bone. One of the principal advantages is that it does not deteriorate or affect the neighboring teeth since it is attached to the bone and not to the remaining teeth. It is a treatment that can last much longer than any other type of oral prosthetic treatment. Its placement prevents bone loss in the space where the natural tooth was lost. It is placed by a surgical procedure, once it is placed it is necessary to wait for the right healing time according to the type of implant to place, whether it is a one-stage implant (immediate load where the crown is placed in the very same procedure) or a two-stage implant (where it is required to wait for a healing time of 4 to 6 months to place the dental crown), so the prosthetic restoration can take a little more time to be placed.

The fixed bridge is a tooth-supported structure, which means that it needs to be supported by other teeth for its placement, usually, it is supported by two teeth called pillars and in the middle of them is the space to be restored, these are fixedly cemented to the pillars teeth by a special dental cement. The process of elaboration and placement of a fixed bridge is shorter in comparison with the dental implant since there is no need to wait for a healing process. The durability in the mouth is much shorter than a dental implant. For the placement of the fixed bridge, the teeth next to the space to be restored must be worn down to give them the shape of a stump so that the fixed prosthesis can be placed. As opposed to the dental implant, the fixed bridge does not prevent loss of the maxillary bone.

The best fixed prosthetic treatment to apply in a particular case will always be determined by the dentist according to the needs of the patient, and by assessing the status of the maxillary bone by using a 3D scan.

If you want to know what is the best fixed prosthetic treatment for you either dental implants or fixed bridges to rediscover the pleasure of smiling, request an appointment for evaluation and dental treatments with a 3D scan at +506 4010-3333, WhatsApp +506 7031-7979. Or you can also contact us through our website We will be happy to help you.

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