Periodontists offer innovative solutions for tooth replacement. Many patients ask about getting the “best” solution to an oral health problem. The truth is that certain procedures will be better for some patients than others. In order to determine if a dental bridge or dental implant is ideal for you, you are going to need to schedule a consultation with our periodontist.
When a gap forms in a smile, a bridge can be used to fill in the space. A bridge essentially consists of three different crowns. The crown in the middle goes in the gap. The two crowns on either side are adhered to the two teeth in your smile that are on either side of the space. These two teeth need to be altered in shape in order for the bridge to go on top.
A dental bridge is good for individuals looking for something that is minimally invasive. The strength of the jaw bone does not matter with bridges, and bridges take less time to adhere into place. The process for getting a dental bridge generally takes a few weeks, so it is good for people who want a restoration sooner.
A dental implant is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Over the course of several months, the implant fuses with the bone, ensuring it stays in place. Next, an abutment is placed over it, and a dental crown is placed over the abutment. This means the entire structure of the tooth gets replaced.
Implants require a strong jaw bone and a significant time commitment to allow the jaw bone to heal. Afterward, the implant is able to last for decades with proper care. It prevents the bone tissue in the jaw from deteriorating. This treatment is best for people who are in overall good health and do not smoke.