Bridges vs. Implants: What You Need to Know
- Posted on: Aug 15 2018
Did you know that dreaming about losing teeth might mean you are feeling powerless? Though we’re not quite sure we buy into the idea, we can’t argue with the sentiment. Losing your teeth can make you feel powerless, as you may have more difficulty eating and smiling at your loved ones. Thankfully, you have a few options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Keep reading to learn about bridges and implants.
What are bridges and implants, and how are they different?
A bridge conjures up the image of two pillars on the sides of a river, with a solid platform in between. Surprisingly, that is not too far from what a dental bridge is. Bridges are used to replace missing teeth by creating a new form that most often includes the two surrounding teeth. The two teeth that sit by the space the missing tooth has left behind are fitted with crowns, and a new “tooth” called a pontic sits in between to give you a fresh new smile.
If your tooth is badly damaged or missing, then an implant is a good way to replace that tooth in a more permanent way. Implants are used to the same end as bridges, though they only affect the damaged or missing tooth. A form is made either from your tooth, or from a general tooth mold which is then tailored to fit into your mouth seamlessly. The new tooth is surgically attached to your jawbone (much like the roots of your healthy teeth), so implants are often seen as more secure and strong.
Who is a good candidate for these procedures?
Implants are a great option for patients who have lost a tooth or numerous teeth, cannot chew very well, or are looking for a more solid solution than dentures. The best candidates will have strong gums and bones, and will be equipped to follow great oral hygiene habits.
Bridges are good for people who may not be eligible for surgery, since placing a bridge is a more simple dental procedure. Bridges are also best for people who are careful with their oral hygiene: keeping your teeth clean may require more care than an implant, which you can treat as a normal tooth.
Your dentist will take X rays and perform a clinical examination to help determine which procedure might best fit your needs. Seeing your dentist for regular checkups becomes more important when you have implants or bridges, as issues with these may increase risk of complications. Call us today at (713) 943-9832 to schedule a consultation to learn more about implants and bridges.
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