When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have many options. Once you have an initial consultation with Dr. Stanley and discuss your unique needs, you are better able to decide which option is right for you. Two of those options are dental implants and dental bridges, and both offer different advantages.
What Are Bridges?
A dental bridge is designed to bridge a gap between missing teeth. The teeth surrounding the gap support the bridge and keep it in place. The teeth that hold the bridge in place are known as abutment teeth.
What are Implants?
Implants are titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone that eventually function exactly as the natural tooth root would. This post then supports a crown that mimics the natural tooth. The process takes several months to complete as the jawbone heals and bonds to the post, but eventually the implant looks and acts just like a normal tooth.
Implants vs. Bridges
While dental bridges are placed during a simple procedure, are faster and more affordable, implants offer unique benefits that are longer-lasting. Bridges rely on the teeth surrounding the gap and can wear down on the remaining teeth over time. Implants replace a missing tooth but don’t put any extra pressure on the natural teeth in place.
While placing an implant is a more extensive procedure and the up-front cost is a little higher, the long-term benefits far outweigh the early disadvantages. When cared for correctly, implants can last for a lifetime. This means that your long-term dental costs are lower overall. Your remaining natural teeth stay healthy and the it’s hard to even tell an implant has been placed when it’s done correctly by a qualified dentist.
At the Smile Centre in Sarasota FL, our goal is to improve your smile and give you the best options to replace missing teeth. To learn more about what procedures are available to you, give us a call today.