Often, people who opt for bridges would be better served with a combination of a dental implant and one or more crowns, but of course this depends on your specific situation. (We routinely place crowns and dental implants for our Pensacola patients.) The benefit of a crown and dental implant combination is that (a) the ongoing care and maintenance is less demanding, (b) there is less risk of bone loss and (c) the appearance is typically more natural looking.
A dental bridge is a very common way to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge can help maintain the shape of your face, prevent bone loss, and alleviate stress on your bite. Like its name suggests, it “bridges” the gap caused by missing teeth. They are typically made from porcelain (and other materials) and meant to mimic the look of your natural teeth.There are several ways to place and support bridges, some of which are temporary, and others which are permanent. Just like with crowns, bridges are often best supported by dental implants, which serve as the “replacement root” for the missing teeth.