There’s nothing quite like your natural teeth. But once you’ve lost a tooth, it’s time to move forward and decide on a replacement that’s the next best thing.
Two very common tooth replacement options include dental bridges and dental implants. Which one is right for your smile?
Cheaper In The Short Term
If you want a fix cheap and you want it now, then the obvious answer is a dental bridge.
Bridges are usually made in three appointments or fewer. Your bridge would involve fitting a couple of teeth to get dental crowns. These crowns are what support a false tooth suspended between them.
Getting a dental implant is an investment of time. The whole process can take 6-8 months, and even longer, in some cases. Although implant surgery is not major, it does take a while for things to heal so that you can start using your new tooth.
The Better Payoff
Just because a bridge gets results fast doesn’t make it ideal for everyone.
Dental bridges require two supporting teeth to be filed down to have crowns. Doing so means that those teeth will need special attention and maintenance over the years.
Crowns and bridges don’t last forever.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanent, which can save you a lot of money down the road. But it’s important to discuss this possibility with your dentist in detail to see if you qualify.
You may actually find that combining the two techniques will work out best for your smile. An implant can help support a bridge across a gap where two or three teeth are missing.
Call your dentist today to schedule a personalized smile consultation.
Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
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