Dental Bridges Vs Dental Implants
Tooth loss has many causes. You can lose teeth due to gum disease, facial trauma, bruxism, severe tooth decay, and more. No matter if the tooth falls out on its own or if it needs to be extracted, losing even just one tooth has several significant effects on your entire life. When you have suffered tooth loss, it is imperative that the tooth be replaced as soon as possible. At Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC, we can replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge or with dental implants.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a traditional restoration used for replacing a single missing tooth, although it can be used to replace up to 3 consecutive missing teeth. There are a few different types of bridges, including cantilever, Maryland, and fixed. Fixed bridges are the most common type used. Typically made from ceramic or porcelain, fixed bridges consist of a pontic, or replacement: a tooth that fills in the empty space left behind by your missing tooth. The pontic tooth has a crown on each side. These crowns are used to attach the restoration to your adjacent teeth. These crowns act as anchors, holding your bridge securely in place.
Benefits and Drawbacks of a Dental Bridge
A bridge provides several benefits. These benefits include:
There are also a few disadvantages to dental bridges as well. Disadvantages include:
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern solution used to replace missing teeth. This treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. As you heal, your bone fuses to the posts, integrating them into your jaw. They eventually become stable roots that hold your replacement teeth securely in place. Dental implants are a versatile treatment that can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, including a single tooth.
Benefits and Drawbacks of a Dental Implant
Dental implants provide several benefits. These benefits include:
While implants provide several benefits, there are also a few drawbacks as well.
Call to schedule your consultation
If you have lost a tooth, treatment is needed right away. To learn more about your options, and find out which one is right for you, call Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC today at 503-620-2020.