If you’ve lost a tooth (or teeth), you know how important it is to have it replaced as quickly as possible. After all, when some teeth are missing, it can cause your other teeth to wear down abnormally as well as drift out of place. Instead of wearing a removable partial denture, you want a fixed tooth replacement option that will stay in place for a long time.
Traditionally, missing teeth were always replaced with a fixed dental bridge. This was the only option there was as far as a permanent replacement. Since bridges can last 5-10 years, they provide patients with a simple replacement that can be completed in a short period of time. Unfortunately, they require the alteration of adjacent teeth, since the bridge must be cemented over those teeth for support. If those teeth are healthy, this results in unnecessary removal of enamel. The bridge will also need to be replaced, requiring future re-prepping of the tooth.
Now that dental implants are available, people have the option to replace their teeth using an independent prosthetic tooth that looks and feels just like a real tooth would. Implants use a prosthetic root that encourages new bone formation and is so strong that it can stay in place for an entire lifetime. Over the implant is a fixed restoration, such as a porcelain crown or multi-tooth dental bridge. Although implants are more of an initial investment, the cost less over the long run since they have such a high success rate.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental bridge or implants. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out which option is right for you and your smile.
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