Dental Implants Vs. Bridges Vs. Dentures

25 Nov 2020  |  No Comments

Three grid images showcasing dental implants, bridges and denture procedure

If you have a cracked, broken or decayed tooth, you need dental treatment that can restore its structure, and function and aesthetics to your mouth. But do you need dental implants, bridges or crowns?

In this guide, we’re looking at the difference between all three treatments, to help you understand what they are and the benefits of each.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants function as the root of a tooth, which is inserted into the jawbone and fuses with the gums. The dentist then uses this root to insert a replacement tooth such as dentures, crowns and bridges. They’re used when one or more natural teeth are lost, for patients that want to restore a natural smile without harming any surrounding teeth.

Some benefits of implants include:

  1. They’re strong and long-lasting
  2. They mimic the tooth’s natural root, and can provide the stimulation that supports bone growth, preserving your natural gum and bone structure
  3. They can be tailored to match your natural teeth and look great
  4. They preserve surrounding natural teeth
  5. They don’t affect patient’s ability to eat

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are prosthetic teeth that are held in place by implants. They’re generally made from porcelain to fit in with your natural teeth, and there are multiple options to choose from to restore both function and aesthetics to the mouth. A bridge generally needs to be replaced every 5-15 years, and last longer with proper care.

Some benefits of bridges include:

  1. Restore your smile and the ability to chew
  2. Small and lightweight
  3. Maintain the shape of the face
  4. Enhance your ability to speak
  5. Aesthetically pleasing

What are dentures?

Dentures (false teeth) are fitted over the gum to replace missing teeth, to help the patient to eat and talk as normal. Patients may need partial dentures (to replace one or more missing teeth) or full dentures (to replace an entire top row or bottom row of teeth.)

They’re fitted onto the gum or jaw bone, and it’s important that gums are allowed to heal completely if teeth had to be removed for the dentures, before they’re fitted. At Marsfield Dental Clinic, we have multiple materials available, including acrylic, cobalt-chrome and Valplast™.

Some benefits of dentures include:

  1. Improve the aesthetics of your mouth, as well as the ability to chew and talk
  2. Provide support to the facial structure, to prevent sagging
  3. Easily removable for brushing
  4. Dentures can replace missing teeth regardless of how they were lost, including teeth lost to decay, gum disease or injury
  5. Long-term solution

Contact Marsfield Dental Clinic

If you need a confidence boost because any of your teeth are missing or severely broken, contact our clinic and book an appointment to discuss the options that are best suited to your smile.

Just give us a call on (02) 9887 1961 or email for a Sydney dentist that takes a genuine interest in the well-being of their patients.

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COVID 19 Update - Oct 2021

 All our members of staff - Dentists and supporting assistants - are fully vaccinated. We are a COVID-safe practice and we are open for all general dental treatment needs and services.