5 Reasons You Should Consider a Dental Implant Bridge

Reviewed by Dr. Matthew Young, DDS

What is the difference between a traditional bridge and a dental implant bridge? Is one better than the other? 

Traditional dental bridges have been around for a long time. They used to be the standard treatment for missing teeth, but now dental implant bridges are the preferred treatment. Why?

In this blog, we will compare the two options and share 5 reasons why you should consider a dental implant bridge.

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Traditional Bridge vs Dental Implant Bridge

Traditionally, a dental bridge acts like a literal bridge, filling the gap left by missing teeth. The bridge is attached to the neighboring teeth, which requires alteration to healthy teeth. 

The bridge itself is made of strong, tooth-colored material, such as porcelain or ceramic, fused to a metal framework for durability. This creates a natural-looking bridge across the gumline, restoring your smile.

An implant-supported bridge offers a more advanced solution. Instead of relying on neighboring teeth for support, it uses dental implants. Tiny screws (implant) will be surgically placed in your jawbone, acting as artificial tooth roots. These implants then become the sturdy anchors for the dental bridge. The crowns are attached to the implants, creating a stable and natural-looking restoration that functions just like your natural teeth.

Considerations for Dental Implant Bridges:

  • Treatment process and time: The process of getting an implant bridge includes implantation of titanium posts, potential bone grafting, and fitting of the artificial teeth. This can require multiple visits to an oral surgeon and may involve a longer recovery time.
  • Cost and medical conditions: The upfront cost of implant bridges may be higher than a traditional bridge. Additionally, certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, may affect the success rate.

5 Benefits of Dental Implant Bridge

When considering your options for tooth replacement, consider the long-term benefits and investment in your oral health. A dental implant bridge may be more expensive initially, but the long-term benefits make it worthwhile.

  1. Preservation of adjacent teeth: Traditional bridges require altering healthy adjacent teeth to support the bridge. Implant bridges use dental implants that are anchored directly into the jawbone. This prevents the need to grind down neighboring teeth, ensuring your healthy teeth remain intact.
  2. Prevention of bone loss: Tooth loss leads to bone loss because the tooth root that stimulates bone growth is missing. Implant bridges, anchored by titanium posts (artificial tooth roots), provide the necessary stimulation to preserve bone structure and prevent the shrinking of the jawbone.
  3. Long-lasting solution: Implant bridges are a durable and permanent solution to tooth loss. With proper oral hygiene, these bridges last longer than partial dentures or removable bridges.
  4. Natural appearance: The design of dental implant bridges focuses on mimicking the appearance and function of real teeth. They are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural gums and remaining teeth for a natural appearance.
  5. Versatility: Whether you are missing a single tooth or several teeth, implant bridges can be customized to meet a wide range of needs. 

Best Dental Implants in San Francisco

If you are missing one or multiple teeth, or you require a full arch replacement, our skilled team at Young Dental SF Group offers the latest dental implant technology and expertise to help restore your smile.

If you are searching for “dental implants in San Francisco” or “dentist near me” we can help! Call (415) 392-8611 or complete the online booking form.


How do I care for my dental implant bridge?

You care for your dental implant bridge just like you would your natural teeth. Brush twice daily with a soft brush and floss under the bridge using a threader or water flosser. Avoid hard, sticky foods and schedule regular dental checkups for professional cleaning.

Is the procedure painful?

The implantation process is typically performed under sedation, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. Some discomfort and soreness may be experienced in the days following the surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions which include pain management.