Teeth replacement has come a long way in the last 30 years. Missing or extracted teeth raise common concerns, but the proper replacement is the KEY TO A CONFIDENT SMILE. Today, however the questions you need to ask your dentist are:
1. What’s the difference between a dental bridge vs. implant???
2. Which treatment option is right for me?!!
PRACTICAL REASON FOR BOTH:
In the past, a Bridge was your only choice, but still involves more than just the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth need to be “prepared” by removing most of the enamel in order to fabricate the bridge. With Dental implants, the dentist replace just the individual tooth which is stronger and permanent. Numerous factors will need to consider first and the advantages and disadvantages to both procedures should be discussed with your dentist.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS??
Dental implants are actually a series of procedures used to recreate a missing tooth. The key part initial titanium implants which is placed in the original tooth’s socket or alveolus bone. The titanium screw forms a bond with the surrounding bone over time, much like the original bond between the tooth and the jaw bone. Dental implants are capped with a crown, which replicates the visible portion of a tooth.
WHAT IS A FIXED DENTAL BRIDGE??
A fixed dental bridge is a non -removable prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth. For a long time, fixed bridges were the best alternative for people who had lost teeth, as they were quite successful and aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, bridges can also present some problems because the natural teeth that lie on either side of the bridge are failed to accept the appliance. Bridge making procedure may make these teeth prone to more plaque accumulation, decay, gum disease and possible need for future root canals.
DO YOU KNOW THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF EACH???
1) Changes in your oral care habits:
Dental bridges are cemented or fixed in the mouth, and involve at least three crowns to fill the space of missing tooth. This design creates challenge when brushing and flossing, so extra oral hygiene habits and home care is needed. Special type of floss you have to use with additional step to clean under the false tooth.
In contrast, implants can replace teeth individually without affecting other teeth, making regular home care more successful. You can keep your mouth healthy easily. You can effectively brush and floss around an implant just like your natural tooth.
Dental implants are more durable than bridges, because it’s made of titanium such a strong metal, they are very resistant to decay and gum problems. On the other hand, the average life of a dental bridge is approximately 10 years. They need to change periodically.
Often the implant will provide the most pleasing result, as your dentist can make the final tooth look just like your natural tooth. Sometimes an implant can be placed immediately after a tooth extraction, preserving the natural level of bone and improving the final appearance of the dental work.
The cost of the bridge is initially less, but it may need to be replaced at some point in the future.
Implants-from preparation to final placement may seem more expensive, but over time can be more cost effective. Implant treatment can be more flexible, allowing patients to budget the cost in increments.
5) Health and Habit:
For a successful dental implant procedure, a patient’s health is more important than age. Because this procedure requires healing to work effectively, candidates who aren’t ideal include smokers, patient with weakened immune system or patient with diabetes. You probably shouldn’t get an implant if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. In these situations, a dental bridge will provide the most predictable and positive results. A bridge is also good option if you want to avoid invasive surgery.
6) Treatment duration:
In case of dental bridge the entire process can usually completed in few week. Compare to that for implant procedure it will take 4 to 6 month.
So, now make the decision-Which one is better for you???