A dental implant is a surgically placed metal post or frame that interfaces with the jaw bone in order to support a dental prosthesis, or a replacement tooth or teeth, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. The full restoration is composed of the implant itself, an abutment, and the prosthetic, Want to know more? Keep reading!
A dental bridge is a specific type of fixed prosthesis with the goal of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. What specifically makes a bridge a bridge is that it attaches to the surrounding teeth in order to be fixed in place. Various types of bridges exist, dependent on the way in which they attach to the nearby teeth, and while bridges can be supported by dental implants, they are traditionally anchored by prepping or 'reducing' the nearby teeth and attaching to those teeth.