Bridges traditionally last about 3-6 years and requires modification to the adjacent teeth. Dental Implants normally last 10-15 years and only involve the missing tooth, and not the neighboring teeth.
Injuries, dental diseases, and the inevitable aging process are cuprites that can cause tooth loss. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, you may choose to replace your missing teeth to enhance your physical appearance, correct your speech impediment, or to improve your chewing ability, but please note, timeliness is important when considering tooth replacement. If you do not get a substitute tooth in time, your neighboring teeth locomote into the empty space, creating gaps and unevenness. The most common tooth replacement choices are dental implants and dental bridges.
Family & Implant Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, will be glad to discuss with you the possible options for replacing your missing tooth or teeth. We will discuss cost, durability, appearance, and maintenance. The following table is a good start to compare dental implants and dental bridges.
|Dental Implants||Dental Bridges|
Implant screws into jaw bone
Requires implant, post, false tooth
False tooth sits on post
|Requires surgery, but less invasive
Does not involve jawbone
Metal bridge anchors onto adjacent teeth
False tooth seals gap
|Appearance||A more natural look, only the false tooth shows||Bridge is noticeable sometimes|
|Cost||More expensive||Less expensive, sometimes|
|Durability||Almost permanent, usually last between 10-15 years||Usually last between 3-6 years|
Longer time to heal
|Requires invasion onto healthy teeth
Short-term, a dental bridge may be appropriate for your particular dental situation, but after your discussion with Dr. Koch of Family & Implant Dental Care, you may discover that dental implants provide a brilliant solution to several of the drawbacks experienced by dental bridge wearers. By having one or more dental implants topped with custom-designed dental crowns, you achieve a more natural look with a functionality that is more natural. Additionally, dental implants offer the following benefits.
Even though dental implants offer greater benefits, a dental bridge may fit your dental needs better; for instance, if you smoke, you may not do well with dental implants, or maybe you are concern about the time involved with the process of dental implants. Yes, the dental bridge is the easier and faster dental procedure. Most times, it can be placed in two appointments, spaced about a week or two apart.
Family & Implant Dental Care wants you to be confident with your dental decisions. We offer initial consultations to determine which treatment would be better for you to replace your missing tooth or teeth: dental implants or dental bridges. It is opportune to have choices, but sometimes choices can overwhelm you. Dr. Koch of Family & Implant Dental Care is ready to help you select the dental treatment that creates the optimum outcome for your specific dental needs.