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Dental Implants vs Bridges vs Dentures: Comparing Tooth Replacement Options

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you have several options for replacing them and restoring your smile. The three most common solutions are dental implants, bridges, and dentures. At Lyons Creek Dental Care in Shoreline we offer all of these treatments to help our patients achieve optimal oral health and confidence. Let’s take a closer look at each option:

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most advanced and longest-lasting tooth replacement solution. They consist of a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the root of the missing tooth. Once the implant fuses with the bone, a custom crown is attached, providing a strong, stable, and natural-looking replacement tooth.

Benefits of dental implants include:

  • Preventing bone loss in the jaw
  • Preserving the shape of your face and smile
  • Allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence
  • Lasting for decades with proper care

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that “bridges” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth (called pontics) supported by dental crowns on either side. The crowns are placed on the natural teeth adjacent to the gap, anchoring the bridge securely in place.

Advantages of dental bridges:

  • Restoring your ability to chew and speak properly
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Distributing the forces in your bite to alleviate stress on other teeth
  • Typically requiring only two dental visits to complete


Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth and some of the surrounding gum tissue. They come in two main types: full dentures, which replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, and partial dentures, which replace several missing teeth while fitting around your remaining natural teeth.

Benefits of dentures:

  • Improving your ability to eat and speak
  • Enhancing your smile and facial appearance
  • Providing a non-invasive and affordable tooth replacement option

For added stability and comfort, dentures can also be supported by dental implants. Implant-supported partial dentures offer a cost-effective solution that combines the benefits of both implants and dentures.

Choosing the Right Option for You

The best tooth replacement option for you will depend on several factors, including the number of missing teeth, the health of your jawbone, your budget, and your personal preferences. At Lyons Creek Dental Care, our experienced dentist, Dr. Rafoth, will work with you to evaluate your unique needs and help you make an informed decision.

If you’re ready to restore your smile and improve your quality of life, contact our Shoreline dental office today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve!