Fixed bridges and implants are often used to replace missing teeth and to correct some kinds of bite problems.
Historically, a bridge was used to replace a single missing tooth. Bridges are constructed of metal sub-frames with tooth colored porcelain applied to approximate the natural color of your existing teeth. Bridges use the teeth on either side of your missing tooth to provide support for the artificial tooth that fills in the space where your natural tooth is missing.
The goal of the bridge is to restore chewing function and achieve an acceptable esthetic outcome. Unfortunately, bone under the replacement tooth is no longer stimulated by chewing and is often resorbed into the body, which may create a slowly growing gap between the replacement tooth and the gums.
Dental implants often provide a more advanced replacement for the missing tooth than a traditional bridge and preserve adjacent teeth. Dental implants are small metal cylinders designed specifically to replace your natural tooth root. Manufactured from titanium, dental implants provide a highly biocompatible surface, encouraging bone to attach to the implant during the healing process to ensure long-term results.
Dental implants do not require the adjacent teeth to be modified. They also create stimulation to the underlying bone which helps maintain long-term, esthetic results.