According to Dr. Jack Ringer, past president and an Accredited Fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, there are some differences that you may want to think about before you decide on dental implants or dental bridge.
If you follow Dr. Ringers Blog, you will know that implants are used to anchor an artificial tooth. The anchor or post, which is made from titanium, is surgically implanted into your jawbone. Dental implants take up to nine months, or even longer. It really depends on how quickly you heal and if other types of surgery, such as a sinus lift, are needed.
Because dental implants replace single teeth, the teeth that are surrounding the implant are not affected.
Dental implants are strong and durable and can last for the rest of your natural life as long as you take good care of your dental implants and teeth and gums.
If you have a missing tooth, you will have bone loss. Because the post from the implant acts as a tooth root, it will preserve your bone.
Your dentist in Anaheim Hills explains that you will need surgery, which could take months to heal.
Wait time. After your implant or implants are placed it takes about six months for your bone to form around it. Your gum tissue needs healing which takes more time.
Because not all dental insurance plans cover dental implants, and because the procedure requires multiple steps, it is more costly.
Bridges are made from porcelain, alloy, gold, or a combination of porcelain and metal. Bridges are made in a dental lab as one whole appliance.
The teeth that are on the sides of your artificial tooth, and are shaped by Dr. Ringer so that the crowns on the bridge will fit on top.
Once satisfied with the fit and color, your dentist in Anaheim Hills will permanently cement the dental bridge.
Because dental bridges are not removable, they are easy to keep clean. All you have to do is clean it while you are brushing and flossing your other teeth.
Dental bridges takes less time than dental implants. A bridge normally takes two dental appointments.
You will adjust faster to a dental bridge because it is light and small. Unlike dentures, you will not need to time to get used to the fit.
Dental bridges are less costly. Because of the time factor, your dental bridge is less expensive.
It is harder to brush and floss and will take some getting used to as you will need to use a floss threader, which you are probably not used to.
Dental bridges won’t last a lifetime. A bridge usually lasts about a decade. This is because it will wear and tear on the abutment teeth. Remember, your surrounding teeth are still susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. The more decay the less support you’ll have for your dental bridge.
Dental bridges need support from your abutment teeth. If your teeth aren’t sturdy, a dental bridge may not be a viable solution.
The best way to decide between dental implants and a dental bridge is to schedule an appointment with your Anaheim Hills dentist.
Dr. Ringer will be able to determine what dental treatment would work best for you. Call or click and schedule a dental appointment today.