Implants Vs Bridges
Your teeth are an important feature of your mouth. Suffering tooth loss, even losing just one tooth, can have several significant effects on your entire life. There are many ways in which you can lose teeth, including gum disease and facial trauma. Whether your teeth fall out on their own or they need to be extracted, they need to be replaced. Replacing one or two missing teeth can be replaced in one of two ways, bridges, and dental implants. At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, we can help to determine the best treatment for you.
What Happens if I Lose a Tooth?
Losing even just one tooth can have several significant effects on your life.
A dental bridge is a traditional treatment for replacing a single tooth. It can be used to replace up to three consecutive missing teeth. There are a few different types of bridges, with a fixed bridge being the most common. Typically made from a solid piece of ceramic, a bridge consists of a replacement tooth, called the Pontic tooth, which is set between two crowns. The Pontic tooth fills in the space, replacing your missing tooth, while the crowns anchor the bridge into place on the adjacent teeth or abutment teeth. The abutment teeth are reduced in size to make room for the restoration. Once ready, the bridge is set into place on abutment teeth and secured into place with dental cement.
Benefits and Disadvantages of a Bridge
Benefits of a bridge include:
There are also a few drawbacks to a bridge as well.
Dental implants are an alternative treatment to a traditional bridge. They can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, including a single tooth. Implants consist of titanium posts, which are surgically implanted into your jawbone. Your bone gradually fuses to the posts, stabilizing them in your jaw so that they can provide secure support for your restoration, or ceramic crown. An abutment, or connector, is placed on the implant before the crown and helps to provide stability for your new tooth.
Benefits and Disadvantages of an Implant
Implants offer several incredible advantages, including:
Regardless of how you lose a tooth, it is crucial that it be replaced. For more information on bridges and dental implants, and to find out which option is right for you, call The Elmwood Dental Group LLC today at (860) 331-8748.