Dental Implant Vs. Dental Bridge: Which Is Better?

It’s tough when you don’t have all your teeth. Chewing can be harder, and it’s certainly not something you want to smile about. Call our Rochester, MN dental office today at 507-315-2932 and schedule your next appointment for restorative dentistry. Our dentists have years of experience replacing lost teeth with dental implants and dental bridges. You can’t use both for the same missing tooth, so which one is better? That depends.

Benefits From Having A Replacement Tooth

Missing teeth from your smile is more than just a problem with how it looks. You can face several other problems as well, including:

  • Your other teeth can get crooked without that missing tooth’s support.
  • Depending on what tooth is lost, you could have trouble speaking clearly.
  • It can be harder to chew normally.
  • Food particles can collect at the gumline in the space.
  • Your confidence is lower because you worry about your appearance.

By calling Northwest Dental Group today, you can get an appointment to replace missing teeth and put an end to those problems. Given our dentists’ experience and training, they can help you have a complete smile safely and comfortably.

Dental Implants And Dental Bridges

Dental implants are the closest you can get to regrowing a tooth these days. First, you’ll get an artificial tooth root surgically implanted in your jawbone. Then you’ll get a natural-looking replacement tooth. Our dentists will use an abutment to connect the two. When finished, it can look like you never lost a tooth in the first place.

Dental bridges are the more affordable option to replace missing teeth. You still get a natural-looking replacement tooth. Instead of using an artificial root, the replacement will be held firmly by a pair of dental crowns. They’re placed on the teeth next to the empty space, and the replacement is bonded in place.

Which Dental Restoration Is Best For Your Smile?

But which restorative dentistry treatment is best for you? Here is a comparison between dental bridges and dental implants on four aspects: cost, dental health, maintenance, and durability.


If the cost of your replacement tooth is most important to you, then you should go with a dental bridge. Since this restorative dentistry treatment does not require oral surgery, it’s more affordable. However, be aware that dental bridges do not last as long as dental implants. It could be more expensive in the long run.


Both dental restorations fill that empty space with a beautiful replacement tooth. Dental implants include a root just like your natural teeth. Roots add stability, but they also stimulate your bone tissue whenever you chew. That stimulation helps keep your jawbone healthy. Without it, the bone tissue deteriorates. That’s why dental implants are the healthier option for replacing lost teeth.


Any dental restoration will require some work to maintain it and keep it around longer. (Although the same can be said for your natural teeth.) Dental implants can be treated like one of your real teeth. Brush and floss around it like normal — that’s it.

You cannot floss around dental bridges because of how the replacement tooth is bonded to the dental crowns. However, you may have to use a small loop to help floss underneath the dental bridge. Both are about even when it comes to maintenance.


How long these dental restorations will last depends on several factors. These include the health of your jawbone, injuries, and how well you clean your teeth. That said, dental bridges will normally last around 10 years. Dental implants normally last 20 years or more. When it comes to durability, dental implants are decidedly better.

Call us TODAY at 507-315-2932 or use our convenient online form and schedule your next appointment. After a thorough exam including digital X-rays, our dentists will discuss their findings to see if there’s any other reason why one of these will be better for you.

Whether you get a dental implant or a dental bridge, you’ll still get an attractive replacement tooth to fill in that empty space in your smile.