Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges

When you lose a tooth, you need dental treatment to restore your smile to full function and health. There are several options available, but which should you choose? Today, Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer look at the key differences between dental bridges and dental implants in Rochester MN.

The Dangers of Tooth Loss

What happens when we lose one or more teeth? First, the body registers this loss and responds by suspending the flow of nutrients to the jawbone. Without regular doses of calcium and phosphorus, the jawbone actually dissolves slowly over time. This leads to further tooth loss and facial collapse, causing patients to appear older. Misalignment can also develop as the teeth drift toward the now empty sockets. Uneven teeth increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, dental fractures, and broken teeth. Missing teeth also place stress on the jaw joints, which boost the chances of TMJ disorder or bruxism developing.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are one of the more common options for replacing one or more missing teeth in a row. This prosthesis consists of an artificial tooth with crowns attached to each end. After preparing the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, we place the crowns on them to support the replacement teeth. A dental bridge looks natural and provides between 10 and 15 years of replacement before requiring adjustment or replacement.

Dental Implants

Unlike a bridge, a dental implant replaces both the root and crown of a lost tooth. This stimulates the jawbone and prevents loss of jawbone density, protecting your smile and your appearance. An implant will be inserted into the jawbone, where it bonds with the bone tissue. Dr. Calcagno and Dr. Heimer will then add a restoration. Dental implants don’t require adjustment and on average, last for around 25 years, providing superior tooth replacement.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, root canals, pediatric dentistry, and dental implants in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.