Tooth Replacement: Dental implants vs. Bridges — Which is better?
Procedures and technology in dentistry, especially tooth replacement, is constantly evolving. Historically if you are missing a tooth you have two good replacement options: a partial or a bridge. However, now we have a great third option — dental implants. Before we go any further, let’s discuss the differences between bridges vs. implants.
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A dental bridge is a fixed appliance that uses the teeth on either side of your missing tooth to anchor it as a tooth replacement option. Your dentist will trim down the teeth on either side of your missing tooth, these teeth are called abutment teeth. Your dentist will create the bridge that is then cemented onto the abutment teeth.
Implants are a titanium post that is surgically placed through your gums and into the bone of your jaw. In this tooth replacement option, after the implant has healed (usually 3-6 months) your dentist will place a dental crown that is either cemented or screwed into the implant post.
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Pro’s and Con’s of Tooth Replacement
There are several reasons why you would choose to go with one tooth replacement option or the other. Let’s discuss…
- fast turnaround time (about 2 weeks)
- natural look
- permanent restoration
- requires other teeth (abutment teeth) to anchor the bridge
- if the abutment teeth get decay, the entire bridge needs to be replaced
- act as a stand-alone tooth
- do not require other teeth to anchor them in
- permanent restoration
- natural look and function
- take approximately 6-9 months from start to finish
- can be expensive
Tooth Replacement at Luff Dental
Are you interested in replacing your missing tooth, but are unsure of which option is best for you? Give us a call for a consultation to help improve your smile! Learn more about Preventative, Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry available at Luff Dental.
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