Other than wearing dentures, there are primarily two different ways to replace your missing teeth: a fixed bridge or dental implant. Making the choice between the two options can seem difficult, especially depending on what your personal short and long term goals are. Here are a few things to consider so that you can make an educated choice about which option is right for you:
Bridges require healthy teeth on opposite sides of the missing tooth in order to support the restoration. A dental bridge is initially a more affordable option than a dental implant, but bridges usually only last about a decade. It can replace up to two missing teeth at a time. One important note is that the supporting teeth must be altered in shape in order to support the bridge – making the treatment irreversible. The supporting teeth must also be extremely well cared for in order to prevent decay or gum disease from developing around them, thus jeopardizing the stability of the bridge.
An implant is a stand-alone tooth replacement option that does not rely on any other teeth for support. Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, you can have a single implant (for one tooth) or as many as 4 to 6 (to support a full mouth bridge.) Although initially a larger investment, most dental implants last for the rest of your life, making them more cost effective. They also improve bone strength in the jaw.
Now that you have a better understanding of the basis of each treatment, you can talk to your dentist about the one that you feel is right for you!
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
As dental implants have been modified and perfected throughout the last decade, they have become what are now regarded as the standard of care in tooth replacement. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider getting dental implants if you have missing teeth:
Implants Can Last for a Lifetime
The success rate of dental implants gives them a longer lifespan than any other type of dental prosthesis. While most types of tooth replacements last 10-15 years, implants can literally last for the rest of your life. They are considered to be so strong that they are even sturdier than natural teeth.
The Prosthetic Roots Strengthen Your Bone
Titanium implant roots do something very unique once they are placed into the jaw. They actually impact your bone to start forming new, additional bone around the implant – securing it in place. This also strengthens your jaw to make it stronger than it regularly would be.
They Can Replace One Tooth or All of Them
An implant can support a single dental crown. Two implants can support a bridge. 4 to 6 implants can support a full mouth denture. The flexibility of implants mean you can replace however many teeth as necessary, as long as you have a healthy mouth to support them.
Implants Feel More Natural
The streamlined design of implants allows them to feel more like natural teeth. For instance, an implant-supported denture doesn’t need a large acrylic “plate” spanning across the roof of your mouth – it simply follows the natural curvature of your jaw. As a result it gives you liberty to speak or eat more comfortably.
Are implants right for you? Schedule a consultation to find out!
Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
You’ve heard that dental implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth – but do you know why they’re so great? Here are 4 great benefits that dental implants have over other types of tooth replacement options:
Although other types of restorations can last for several years, none of them last as long as dental implants. Most types of appliances or prosthesis need to be replaced every decade or so. Implants? They last for an entire lifetime when cared for properly. In fact, implants have the highest success rating of any type of dental restoration.
Once an implant is placed into your jaw, your body begins to naturally form new bone structure around the implant root. Not only does this secure your implant into place more firmly – it also helps you preserve your facial profile as you age as well as keep adjacent teeth more stable. Most of us lose bone as we age, but with implants we can counteract the process of additional bone loss. The end result? Artificial teeth that are even stronger than your natural ones!
Easier Home Care
Implants can’t get cavities. But, it’s still important to brush and floss around them to prevent peri-implantitis (a condition like gingivitis.) Caring for your implants is as simple as brushing twice each day and flossing around your implants at least once a day – that’s it!
The look and feel of dental implants make them more like natural teeth than any other type of tooth replacement. By design, implants have a single root and fixed restoration that give the illusion that you still have all of your natural teeth!
Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
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