Choosing between an implant and a bridge may be confusing. In cases of missing teeth there are a few options either Dental Bridges or Dental Implants. Here are the differences between each to have options for you to consider. A bridge is a tooth replacement, that is held in place by two adjacent teeth. The two teeth on each side of the gap are shaved down to fit the bridge over each tooth. A cap is then placed on the natural teeth on either side of the replacement tooth which is filled with a cap. Typical time to complete a bridge is two office visits. A dental implant unlike a dental bridge has no effect on the adjacent teeth. A dental implant is a mimic of a complete tooth structure. A dental implant is a titanium piece the “root” that is surgically placed into the jawbone. After a few months of healing and bone growth around the implant a crown is then screwed onto the implant. Dental Implants do not decay and can last a lifetime as to dental bridges typically last ten to twenty years.