When the need arises for dental work to replace or repair a tooth, there are multiple options to choose. However, some options may be better than others. People may wonder if dental implants are the best choice to replace a missing tooth or if dental bridges are the way to go. While a dentist will be able to discern the best choice by examining the patient’s oral health, the cons of a dental bridge do not hold up to the benefits of a dental implant.
The cons of a dental bridge
A dental bridge is an oral appliance a dentist uses to replace a missing tooth. However, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, AAID, explains that “Placement of a tooth-supported bridge involves grinding away – or damaging – healthy, adjacent teeth.” This is one reason that most people will avoid a dental bridge. Another reason is that a dental bridge may not last as long as one would like, leading to a visit every few years to replace or fix it.
Dental bridges will also take up the space between the adjacent teeth, making it extremely difficult to floss. For patients who cannot floss in that area, the sides of the bridge and teeth connected to the bridge begin to decay. This causes an even greater need for a patient to return and repair a dental bridge more frequently.
Since the dental bridge is not stimulating the bone as a dental implant does, there is a chance for resorption to occur. Through the process of resorption, the patient’s body will begin to leech the calcium from inside the jaw bone and distribute it to other areas of the body. Since there is no tooth to stimulate the jaw bone, the body will believe that the jawbone is no longer useful. Resorption can lead to changes in the facial structure and appearance.
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A dental implant procedure is not as complex as some people believe it to be. By attaching the titanium post to the jaw in the gap where the missing tooth used to be, the dentist can place a crown that looks like all of the other teeth. The benefits of dental implants include:
- Long-lasting time of use
- Stimulating the jaw bone
- Easy to care for
- Allow one to eat any foods
- Keep the implant in the mouth instead of removing it to clean it or eat
The AAID states that “Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years,” adding that “While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.”
Not only are dental implants long-lasting but they are sturdy and stable. Care for a dental implant is easy since the patient can treat the implant as any other tooth. By simply brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, the patient will be able to keep the dental implant and other natural teeth free of infection. With dental implants, “You can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want.” A dental implant does not drastically impact one’s lifestyle or harm other teeth.
While dental implants may not work for each patient, a dentist will be able to help discern the best solution. A patient will want a solution that is long-lasting, discreet, natural-looking and stable to missing teeth. Dental implants are that solution.
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Our staff will create a calm and comforting atmosphere at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health. At Asha Dental, your dental health is our prime concern.
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