Tooth loss is all too commonplace, unfortunately. However, after losing a tooth, it’s critical to replace it properly to maintain the rest of your teeth straight. Additionally, replacement teeth can help you keep your face shape and avoid eating and speaking problems.
There are a few options available for restoring lost teeth. Dental implants and dental bridges are two common treatments used to restore lost teeth. To determine which is best for you, we must first evaluate dental bridges vs implants.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium-based prosthetic tooth root that is fixed in place of a lost tooth. Through a process called osseointegration, the implant merges with the jawbone while a temporary protective cover screw is placed on it. This procedure, which can take up to six months, results in a highly stable and durable prosthesis. The protective cover is removed once osseointegration is complete and a temporary crown is put in its place. This serves as a foundation for the gum to grow and shape itself naturally. When the temporary crown is replaced with a permanent crown, the procedure is complete.
What is a Bridge for Teeth
Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are kept in place by the teeth around your missing tooth. To match your natural tooth color, they’re typically made of porcelain, ceramic, or acrylic. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The treatment process is not nearly as extensive as an implant. Still, it is more intrusive in certain respects since it entails the permanent modification of neighboring teeth to support the bridge.
As the name indicates, a dental bridge bridges the gap between teeth caused by a lost tooth. As a result, the restoration must be attached to one or more neighboring teeth, which must first be filed down to act as a support.
Who are Implant Candidates?
In order to be a candidate for dental implants or dental bridges, you must meet specific criteria. During the initial dental consultation, eligibility is assessed.
After puberty, when bone development is complete, dental implantation can be performed. X-rays or CT scans will most likely be used to assess bone density and quality and establish whether a potential implant patient has sufficient bone structure. Smokers will need to stop in order to qualify as a candidate since smokers have a greater likelihood of implant failure. Furthermore, patients with diabetes, cancer, or periodontal disease may require different therapies to be eligible for implantation.
Because of the less intrusive nature of the bridge procedure, dental bridge eligibility is considerably less stringent than dental implant eligibility. The health and stability of the supporting teeth are the most important factors in evaluating bridge candidacy. If you have periodontal disease, tooth decay, or chips or cracks in your teeth, you may need to have further procedures before your teeth are capable of supporting a dental bridge.
Consult Brock North Dental
Brock North Dental will recommend the best tooth replacement option for your specific scenario. The best option for you will be determined by your budget, the number of missing teeth, and overall dental health. We can prevent and eradicate the issues caused by a lost tooth from your oral health for good.