January 11, 2017
Whether it was due to an injury, an accident, or it had to be removed, you are missing a tooth. You know you need a replacement put in place, but how? Call us today at 231-366-4182 and schedule an appointment for restorative dentistry. Our dentists have advanced training in two ways to replace missing teeth: dental implants and dental bridges.
The Need For Replacement Teeth
You can face several problems when you are missing a tooth. The most obvious is how you look. Even if the rest of your teeth look great, that big, dark space where a tooth should be can make your whole smile look unsightly. But that’s just the obvious problem. There are others, such as:
- Lower self-esteem by being worried about what others might think
- Increased risk of cavities as food particles get stuck in the space
- Difficulty chewing or talking normally
- Crooked teeth as the others tilt towards that empty gap
That’s why you need to call our Norton Shores, MI dental office today. Missing a tooth is much more than a cosmetic issue. It can impact your whole smile and even your life.
When you need to replace a single lost tooth, you generally have two choices: dental implants and dental bridges.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have three components.
- A natural-looking replacement tooth
- An artificial root made from titanium
- An abutment that connects the two
With a dental implant, our dentists will surgically place the root in your jawbone. (This is how your natural teeth stay secure in your mouth.) Once healed, they’ll place the abutment and then the replacement tooth.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges do not include surgery. Instead, the same natural-looking replacement tooth is held in place by a pair of dental crowns. These are placed on the teeth neighboring the empty space. Then our dentists bond the replacement tooth in place.
Comparing Dental Implants To Dental Bridges
You need a replacement for a missing tooth. But which is best for you? Here are the two restorative dentistry treatments compared.
Dental implants require oral surgery. That can drive up the price because our dentists will have to do a lot more work to put your replacement tooth in the right spot. Dental bridges do not require surgery. Instead, they use the replacement tooth using dental crowns. That means dental bridges are almost always more affordable than dental implants.
When picking restorative dentistry, it pays to think about what care you need to use to make it last. Dental bridges require a small change to your dental health routine. Because the replacement is bonded to dental crowns, you cannot floss around it. Dental implants do not require any changes. Overall, dental implants and dental bridges are about tied when it comes to maintenance.
You also want a dental restoration that lasts a long time. Otherwise, you’ll just have to get it done (and pay for it) again. Every person is different, so there is no way to predict exactly how long these will last. That said, dental bridges normally last around 10 years. Dental implants normally last 20 years or more. When it comes to durability, dental implants are much better.
You don’t just want a replacement tooth to make your smile look better. You want it to help you stay healthy. That’s where dental implants have an edge. Your natural teeth have roots that extend into your jawbone. As you chew, stimulation travels down those roots. This stimulation helps keep your jawbone healthy. When the root is gone, so it that stimulation.
Dental bridges do not include an artificial root. With a dental implant, you get that root put in place. You’ll be able to stimulate your jawbone with every bite, helping it keep strong and healthy.
Call us TODAY at 231-366-4182 or use our convenient online form for restorative dentistry. After a thorough exam, our dentists can help you decide whether you need a dental bridge or dental implant. Either way, you can finally get all your teeth back.