Dental bridges are suitable for when you have two or more consecutive missing teeth. A dental bridge replaces your missing teeth by attaching artificial teeth to the adjacent natural teeth.
Dental implants are better for replacing individual missing teeth that are not surrounded by other missing teeth. For example, if you have one tooth missing on the side of your mouth, then a dental implant would be more appropriate for it. But if you have three consecutive missing teeth on the side of your mouth, then a bridge would be better to remedy it. Most patients prefer dental implants because they look the most natural and don’t affect any other teeth.
On the downside, a dental bridge requires the adjacent natural teeth to be reshaped to support the bridge. This will eventually weaken the bone structure in the mouth that supports the strength of your chewing abilities. The gum and bone surrounding the bridge will soon pull away and gradually create a gap between your bridge and teeth. Once that happens, bacteria and debris could get stuck in the gap and increase your risk of getting an oral infection.