If you lose a tooth the health and appearance of your smile becomes compromised. In order to keep from experiencing the negative consequences of tooth loss, such as misalignment or difficulty eating/speaking, you need to restore you smile to full function and health. We actually offer several options to accomplish this, but which do you need? Do you need dental bridges or dental implants?

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges have been used for decades to replace one or missing teeth in a row in a person’s smile. The prosthetic contains both artificial teeth and dental crowns. We use the crowns to attach to the remaining natural teeth on each side of the gap in the patient’s smile. We use ceramic to create the new teeth and crowns, making sure the prosthetic blends seamlessly with the patient’s smile. The bridge can last an average of 10 to 15 years and may require periodic adjustment.

Dental Implants

Another popular option for replacing a single lost tooth or supporting a prosthetic involves dental implants. Unlike bridges, the dental implant begins with a post being surgically inserted into the jaw. The post bonds with the bone like a real tooth root. We then add a restoration in the form of a dental crown. The implants last for as long as 25 years and prevent the loss of jawbone density that often occurs following tooth loss.

Which Works Best for Me?

That depends on a number of factors. If you prefer a longer lasting and lifelike option then we can place a dental implant. If you want a less intensive option for restoring missing teeth then we may recommend a dental bridge. If you have any questions or concerns about either procedure then please contact our office today. We can see what the best option is for helping you obtain a whole and healthy smile.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.