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Which Is Better: Dental Implants or Dental Bridges? ,
dental model with different types of treatments (implant placement bonded bridge crown over implant) isolated on white background

Your smile has a significant impact on the way people view you – and the way you view yourself. Reports show that a bright, big smile can improve your career prospects, help your chances in the dating scene, and simply boost your confidence.

But despite this research on the “perfect” smile, most of us fall short of the ideal. About 69% of American adults ages 35 to 44 are missing at least one tooth!

Whether you’ve lost a tooth to decay, an accident, or any other circumstance, the right dental procedure can help restore your smile and make you feel your best. Many people opt for dental implants or bridges to repair their teeth – but which is right for you? Let’s look at both procedures and their pros and cons.

Dental Implants

Sandy Springs Dental Implants

A dental implant fully replaces your missing tooth, right down to the root. In this procedure, a dentist installs a titanium screw into the mouth where the missing tooth once was. Over time (usually about six months), this screw fuses with the jaw bone, providing a stable foundation on which the dentist can place a natural-looking crown.

Dental implants are very popular because they look natural and last a long time (up to 15 years). However, this procedure does have a few drawbacks: the invasive surgery required and the high cost.

Dental Bridges

Let’s say you don’t want to go through surgery (or deal with six months of recovery), but you still want to replace a missing tooth. Good news – there’s another option you can try!

Dental bridges use your healthy teeth to support and fill the gap around your missing tooth. In this procedure, the dentist grinds down the two teeth on either side of the gap, then places a crown over each tooth with a false tooth in between.

Dental bridges are far less invasive than implants, and they only require a few quick visits to your dentist for the procedure. However, some experts point out that bridges require your dentist to permanently change the shape of your currently healthy teeth, which could result in further damage to your smile.

Common FAQs

How much do dental implants and bridges cost?
On paper, the costs for dental implants and bridges are very similar. A single dental implant can cost anywhere from $4,500 to $5,000, while a three-unit bridge (the typical requirement to replace one tooth) ranges between $2,000 and $5,000. However, there is one important thing to consider: insurance companies often cover dental bridges and dental implants, too.

Which takes longer to heal?
A dental implant takes 3-6 months to fully fuse with the jawbone and completely heal. However, most patients feel fully recovered after 1-2 weeks. In contrast, a dental bridge doesn’t require any recovery time, though you may feel some slight discomfort for a few days after the procedure.

Which procedure will last longer: Implants or Bridges?
Dental implants are the longest-lasting option for replacing a missing tooth. They typically last 15 years or more, looking beautiful and natural the whole time. Patients with dental bridges often need to replace them every 5-7 years, and the bridge can look less natural over time.

But whether you opt for an implant or bridge, healthy dental hygiene can ensure that your procedure looks great and lasts as long as possible. Regular brushing, careful flossing around the implant or bridge, and regular visits to your dentist will ensure you have a brilliant, beautiful smile for years to come.

Dental Implants and Dental Bridges Near Me in Dunwoody, Alpharetta and Atlanta Areas

Contact any of our three local offices today and schedule your next appointment. We’re here to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted! We accept most dental insurance! A more confident you is waiting!

Posted on behalf of Creative Dentistry & MedSpa

Atlanta Office

5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd #460
Atlanta, GA, 30342


Monday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Tuesday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Wednesday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Thursday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday / Sunday - Closed

Alpharetta office

5755 North Point Pkwy Ste 102
Alpharetta, GA, 30022


Monday - Closed

Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5.00 PM

Wednesday 10:00 - 6:00 PM

Thursday 9:00 - 5:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday / Sunday - Closed

Covington Office

4139 Baker St NE #15
Covington, GA, 30014


Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Friday - By Appointment Only

Saturday / Sunday - Closed