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Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant

Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant

People who visit our office asking about their options for replacing missing teeth often ask: “What are the pros and cons of dental implants when compared to dental bridges?” Both dental bridges and dental implants are considered superior to removable dentures. But for your long term oral health and dental aesthetics, more cosmetic dentists are likely to recommend a dental implant Denver.

Patients can get the best information by scheduling a private consultation with Dr. Aldo Leopardi now. Or, you can read on for a brief overview of dental bridges vs. dental implants.

Closing a Gap: Bridge or Anchor?

Bridges are thusly named because they literally bridge the gap left behind by a missing tooth. A typical dental bridge consists of two crowns that fit over the adjacent teeth and a prosthetic tooth that fills the gap. In order to properly affix the crowns, a significant amount of work must be done on the adjacent teeth in order to shape the enamel for a snug fit. The result is a tooth that rests on top of the gum.

A dental implant, on the other hand, is anchored in the bone—just like a natural tooth. This means less work must be done on the adjacent teeth, and more of your enamel can be preserved.

Gums and Bone Resorption

The roots of your teeth play an important role in your face’s bone structure. The problem with bridges is that they only address the visible gap left behind your missing tooth. There’s still a structural gap in your jawbone that needs to be filled. Just like a hillside erodes without proper fill, your jawbone begins wearing away. This can affect adjacent teeth, cause the gum to pull away from the bottom of the bridge and in severe cases, give your face a “punched in” look.

With dental implants, you don’t have this issue. The anchor serves the same purpose that a natural tooth root would, preserving your facial bone structure.


Just like highway bridges, dental bridges need to be carefully maintained throughout the years and eventually replaced. The lifespan of a typical dental bridge is 10 to 15-years, when placed properly and given the utmost care. Dental implants, on the other hand, are 95% successful for 20+ years. While dental implants may have slightly higher upfront costs, the integrity and value that they deliver over time often make them a better value.

Dental Implants Greenwood Village, Colorado

Dental implants and dental bridges are highly customized works of art and engineering. Speak with an experienced prosthodontist to learn which treatment will give you the best results.

Learn more about dental implants. Greenwood Village’s Dr. Aldo Leopardi offers private one-on-one consultations for new patients. Call (720) 488-7677 today.