Bridges, Partial Dentures & Implants
The three most common ways for a dentist to replace one or more missing teeth are: a bridge, dental implants, or a partial denture.
Why Should I Consider Tooth Replacement?
Primarily – the aging process. The aging process is a curious part of the cycle of life, and if you are like most people, you want to control the process. For instance, to maintain a healthy body, you might center your attention on diet and exercise; however, do you apply the same attention to your teeth, too? If not, part of your aging process may include dental problems. Just like any other device, over time, teeth have the tendency to deteriorate: wear down, chip, crack, or fall out, and unfortunately, even if you have practiced good dental hygiene throughout your life, you may still have dental problems develop, as you grow older.
Another reason to consider tooth replacement is the condition of your teeth after the side effects of modern drugs. Sometimes their side effects decrease your body’s ability to fight cavities. Crowns can repair cavities, but when the decay is so great, the healthier dental choice is for the removal of your tooth, and once removed, tooth replacement becomes the optimal choice to maintain your smile. Dr. Koch, of Advanced Dental Care of Jasper, Texas, will recommend the dental option appropriate your dental needs.
Reasons To Consider Your Tooth Replacement Options
Tooth replacement consideration also wards off the possible long-term oral and medical health issues associated with missing teeth. Your teeth provide more functions than just the ability to chew. Teeth help maintain the health of your gums, jaw, and other teeth, as well. By choosing a tooth replacement procedure, you are opting for procedure that is a very important aspect of your overall health.
Finally, tooth replacement may be necessary after an accident that has left broken or missing teeth, affecting how you look and feel about yourself, and as unfortunate as an accident may be, teeth replacement options can restored your natural smile, restoring your confidence.
Your Tooth Replacement Options
The two most common options for tooth replacement are dental implants and dental bridges. The dental procedureused will depend mainly on the number of teeth that require replacement. For example, if you are missing just one tooth, implants have become the preferred treatment by most dentists; however, Dr. Koch will discuss the preferred treatment for you.
When the preferred treatment to replace your tooth is an implant, Dr. Koch will place a dental implant into the space missing your tooth, simulating the root of your missing tooth. Next, he connects a small post, called an “abutment,” to the implant. Finally, he cements the replacement tooth on top of the abutment, creating a tooth that looks and functions just like your natural tooth.
Dr. Koch might also recommend a bridge as a tooth replacement option. The fixed or partial denture is termed “bridge” in dentistry because the device simulates a bridge by connecting the replacement tooth permanently to your adjacent teeth or other dental implants.
Bridge types vary depending on the replacement. At your dental exam, Dr. Koch specifies how the dental laboratory manufactures your bridge and decides the appropriate anchoring technique to connect the bridge to your adjacent teeth. The dental lab technician creates bridges by using crowns and implants.
Tooth replacement is the perfect way to protect your overall general health. Dr. Koch, of Advanced Dental Care, will gladly discuss your tooth replacement options for your healthier, fuller smile.
Dental Implant VS. Dental Bridges
Dental Implants Are The Best Solution
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.
A Comparison: Dental Implants versus Dental Bridges
Advanced 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|
Considerations of Dental Implants versus Dental Bridges
Short-term, a dental bridge may be appropriate for your particular dental situation, but after your discussion with Dr. Koch of Advanced 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.
- They preserve neighboring teeth
- They increase chewing support
- They cause little to no gum irritation
- They cease bone loss and gum recession
- They prevent slipping of tooth or teeth
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.
Dental Implants versus Dental Bridges For Your Specific Situation
Advanced 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 Advanced Dental Care is ready to help you select the dental treatment that creates the optimum outcome for your specific dental needs.