How Do Implants, Bridges and Dentures Compare?

Dentures Single Tooth Implant All-on-4 ® Implant Bridges Prettau Implant Bridges
Appearance When in place can look natural Look like natural teeth Look like natural teeth Look like natural teeth
Function Reduced bite force Function like natural teeth Function like natural teeth Function like natural teeth
Comfort Gum irritation common Feels like natural tooth Feels like natural teeth Feels like natural teeth
Number of Implants None 1 4 6-8
Bone Loss May accelerate bone loss Prevents bone loss Prevents some bone loss Prevents more bone loss
Restoration Materials Acrylic base, sometimes with ceramic teeth Typical dental crown: lithium disilicate or zirconia Acrylic or zirconia Full zirconia
Durability May warp when dry or under hot water. Can break when dropped. Wears down under normal conditions. Very sturdy: can withstand all normal bite force Acrylic is like dentures, zirconia is strong enough for all normal bite force Can withstand all normal bite force
Longevity Adjustment needed in less than a year, may last 8 years Can last a lifetime–crown may last 10-20 years Proven durability up to 10 years Expected durability beyond 10 years
Procedure Complete in 1 day 1 day 1 day 1 day
Healing Time Up to six months for new dentures, none for replacements Up to six months Up to six months Up to six months
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