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Dental implants vs bridges

If there’s one thing our patients know they can rely on from Mint Dental Clinic, it’s an honest opinion. Explore below how the two popular tooth replacement options compare against each other. 

Patients who hate their stained, crooked, gapped or damaged teeth will be pleased to discover composite veneers, which can be placed faster than their traditional counterparts.

Composite veneers look just like your teeth but better. Patients worried about thickness should not be concerned, as the resin is built up in thin layers to achieve the desired final look. Plus, with the right dentist, composite veneers can feel just like natural teeth.

Oral health

Dental implants do contribute to stronger oral health. More.


There’s a slight difference in the look and feel of the two. More.

Cost comparison

Learn what makes financial sense in the long-term. More.


What we think is the best tooth replacement solution. More.

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Effect on oral health

Implants are hailed as an innovative, modern solution for a reason. Gaps in the mouth have detrimental effects on oral health, where bone is lost in the jaw, causing tooth movement and further tooth loss.

When we place a dental implant (an artificial tooth root), it prevents a patient’s oral health from worsening as it stops the bone from depleting any further (meaning no more missing teeth).

Dental bridges have no effect on jawbone density and will encourage it to continue depleting. Another downside compared to implants is that dental bridges shift when eating and drinking – and over time can become loose-fitting, causing irritation to gums that lead to sores, infection and gum recession.

Another, very critical point in regards to oral health and dental bridges is that decay is often one of the most common complications. When patients develop tooth decay on the tooth the bridge is placed, the tooth becomes unstable and can no longer serve as the foundation for the bridge. 

Good oral health and hygiene is therefore non-negotiable. Dental implants require no special care or maintenance.

How they look

Dental implants are often hailed superior because they are the closest technique to natural-looking teeth. 

Dental implants usually use crowns as the final restoration, which are custom designed to blend flawlessly with existing teeth, or how you want you them to look.

Depending on the type of bridge and where you have it placed, they can look slightly faker than dental implants – but do have an overall nice natural finish. That said, bridges are not as aesthetically pleasing compare to the finish of implants.

Implant bridges are a newly popular treatment, which integrates dental implants and bridgework. For example, two implants can anchor bridgework much more firmly. 

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Cost of dental implants vs bridge

Patients look at the price of a bridge (£695) and the price of a dental implant (£2,450) and quickly make a decision based on cost.

What they might not realise at the time, is that dental bridges are not long-lasting, and will need to be replaced every five to seven years. Over a period of 30 years (how long implants can last) patients opting for bridges each time would have to pay a total of £4,170 to maintain their tooth replacement device – that’s £1,720 more expensive in the long-term.

With that said, we understand that the initial cost of dental implants might be too much for some. However, here at Mint Dental we offer financing options for implants with 0% for 12 months, and longer terms extending up to 60 months with 14.9% APR.

It’s also worth noting that patients experiencing multiple tooth loss can save money on implant-integrated treatments, like implant bridges that are more stable, secure and longer lasting (plus, not to mention, cheaper).


When you choose Mint Dental Clinic, you instantly gain access to our incredible dentists, who use advanced equipment to diagnose your problem faster and more accurately than ever before.

Final say

Look, it’s no secret that dental bridges are harmful for your long-term oral health, but they’re a quick and cheap tooth replacement solution, which makes them a popular choice for patients who cannot afford dental implant.

It’s clear that when comparing implants against dental bridges, which treatment comes up best. Implants for a long time have been considered the leading in missing tooth replacement and for good reason.

But the method you choose to close gaps in your mouth and replace missing teeth is up to you. A dental bridge is a traditional method and good for faster fixes, however, long-term they can cause problems, which leads patients to opt for dental implants at a later stage. However, this can be more expensive as further bone is lost during this period.

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Andrew Forysth
Andrew Forysth
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Lucy MacCarthy
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Jack Bell
Jack Bell
The clinic is a really lovely place to visit - it is extremely clean and all of the staff are very friendly. They were kind and reassuring all the way through my Invisalign treatment - as well as having amazing technology at their disposal. Dr Imran is so accommodating and kept everything simple, addressing any concerns straight away. All in all I would definitely recommend Mint Dental Clinic, a lovely experience all round.
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Mitos Sangil
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Cesar Vicente
Amazing experience at Mint dental clinic. Dr R Patel best dentist that has worked on my teeth.He explained all the treatment and has lots of experience. The staff is very friendly and very welcoming. They make you feel right at home. Assistant is very professional and very personable. Really happy with my Invisalign journey and the result.
Charlotte Fox
Charlotte Fox
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Thomas Geoffrey
Thomas Geoffrey
Over the past six years Dr Raj and Preanka and all of the team at Mint have been exceptional. Every member of the team is exemplary at their expertise and I've never felt in better hands at the dentist. Affordable and top of the range, I would recommend them to anyone.
Mose Aitch
Mose Aitch
Excellent dental practice. A very smartly turned-out surgery. Staff are polite and very professional. I am impressed with the modern teeth scanning equipment. Dr Raj Patel will put you at ease. He is highly professional dentist. I have no problem in recommending Dr Patel and the rest of the Mint team.



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