Dental Bridges Vs Implants
Tooth loss is a serious issue. Even the loss of just one tooth can have a major impact on your overall quality of life. Functions that were once simple, such as eating and speaking, become much more difficult. Depending upon the location of your missing teeth, your smile, and your confidence may be affected. Healthy teeth can shift out of their natural alignment, altering your bite. You may then be faced with issues such as bruxism and severe jaw pain. Dental bridges and implants are two common options for replacing small sections of missing teeth. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we are here to help you understand the difference between the two.
Dental bridges have been used for many decades to replace anywhere from one to three missing teeth. The most common type of dental bridge is a fixed bridge. This particular type of bridge consists of replacement teeth set between two dental crowns. The dental crowns are set on the adjacent healthy teeth, referred to as pontic teeth, and are designed to anchor the restoration securely in place. Dental bridges are made out of ceramic, a material that perfectly mimics the color and properties of natural tooth enamel.
Placing a dental bridge is similar to placing dental crowns. After a local anesthetic is administered, enamel is removed from the abutment teeth. This creates the space necessary for the restoration to fit naturally, and comfortably, in place. After the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken. These impressions are used to create your custom bridge. Once the bridge is finished, it is cemented in place.
Pros and Cons of Dental Bridges
Benefits of dental bridges include:
There are also a few disadvantages to dental bridges:
Implants are a more recent addition option for tooth replacement. They consist of a small titanium rod, an abutment, and crowns. The titanium rod, the implant itself, is inserted into the jawbone. It relies on a process known as osseointegration, or the fusion of the bone to the titanium. This helps to turn the implant into a stable root. The abutment is a connector, placed at the top of the implant. Finally, crowns are used to replace the visible structure of your missing teeth.
Implants require a surgical procedure. After a local anesthetic and sedation, incisions are made in the gums. Holes are drilled in the jawbone and implants are placed. The gum tissue is then sutured closed around the implants. Temporary teeth are placed while you heal. Once you have fully healed, impressions are taken, and your permanent replacement teeth are created.
Pros and Cons of Implants
Implants have several benefits:
For more information on dental bridges and implants, and to schedule your consultation, contact Westlake Oral Surgery at (805) 267-9766 today.
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