Losing teeth can be a traumatic experience for some, but replacing them and restoring your smile doesn’t have to be.
What is a Dental Implant?
Ever since dental implants were introduced as a dental restorative option, they have been making waves in the industry. What makes a dental implant unique is that it fuses with your jaw bone to act as a replacement for the roots of the tooth you lost.
A dental implant is a metal post, similar in appearance to a screw, typically made of titanium. It is surgically placed in your jaw, in the space where your tooth was lost. A dental crown is attached to the implant, giving you a new, natural-looking tooth.
Over a couple of months, the implant fuses with your jaw bone, making it just as durable as a natural, healthy tooth. It also protects your jaw bone from deteriorating and prevents the surrounding teeth from shifting.
A potential disadvantage to choosing dental implants is that they cost more than other restorative options. However, implants are incredibly durable and with proper care can last for a lifetime, making them a worthy investment.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is another common tooth replacement option. A dental bridge attaches to the two teeth on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth. In most cases, the two teeth supporting the bridge are shaved down to accommodate it. A cap is then placed over each tooth, as well as the bridge that replaces the missing tooth.
Dental bridges are considered to be one of the most cost-effective tooth replacement options. In most cases, bridges can be made and placed quickly, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the dentist’s office.
However, a potential disadvantage of a dental bridge is that it can put a great deal of strain on the two teeth supporting it. In most cases, a dental bridge isn’t expected to last a lifetime. Additionally, a bridge doesn’t prevent bone loss that can occur after losing a tooth.
Which Dental Solution is Right for You?
Which solution will work best for you depends on several factors, including how many teeth need to be replaced, the health of your remaining teeth, your budget, your lifestyle, and your personal preference.
To get a better idea of whether you should opt for a dental implant or a dental bridge, call Highland Advanced Dental Care at 248-329-3552. One of our friendly and experienced team members in our Highland office can get you scheduled for an appointment. Once you are here, we can take a look at your teeth and discuss your options. Together, we will come up with a customized treatment plan that suits your wants and needs.