If you’re missing teeth, there are a few options for replacing them. Dental implants and bridges, for instance, are two popular ones. Though they’re used toward the same end, the procedures are different and lead to varying results. As you consider your needs and what’s available, it’s important to understand what sets these solutions apart.
During an implant, a small metal rod is inserted into the jawbone. The part is then covered with a crown that mimics the look and function of a natural tooth. Although this treatment takes some time to complete, and may require bone grafting if your jawbone is not sufficiently strong to support the implant, it’s a permanent solution to the problem. However, not all patients want to go through a long treatment process. In these instances, bridgework may be the better option.
Though both options deal with implants, how they are supported in the mouth is what sets the two procedures apart. Rather than have the jawbone anchor the part in place, crowns adjacent to the false tooth (or teeth) keep it secure. To properly fit these crowns, the dentist will remove some of the enamel from the surface of the surrounding, supporting teeth before inserting the bridge. However, this option can also place extra stress on teeth and isn’t as durable as dental implants.
If you are missing teeth and need dental implants or bridges, the trusted professionals at Preventive Dental Services PC, serving Homer and Barrow, AK, will carefully assess your situation and prescribe the treatment that’s right for you. As a one-stop destination for all your oral care needs, the team offers everything from general and cosmetic dentistry to orthodontics. Contact them online if you have any further questions, or call (907) 235-1286 today to schedule an appointment with a dentist.