Dental implants and fixed dental bridges are both reliable replacements for missing teeth; however, according to Dr. Jack Ringer, past president and Accredited Fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, there are some things to consider before you make your decision.
Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone acting as an anchor for your replacement tooth. The three-step process can take from nine to 12 months, or longer, to complete. This is dependent on the healing process between each step.
Traditional dental bridges consist of two dental crowns that are bridged together with an artificial tooth. The artificial tooth and dental crowns can be fashioned out of alloy, gold, or porcelain. Sometimes a combination is used. Bridges are made in the dental lab as one piece.
Dental Cosmetics in Anaheim Hills will shape the abutment teeth for crown preparation. Once the crowns are placed, Dr. Ringer will cement the bridge into your mouth.
If one or more of your teeth has been missing for some time, the bone and gum have already receded. Although bone grating is an option for people who don’t have a secure jawbone, dental bridges may be a better option for you. Be aware that bone grafting takes more time.
A dental bridge is less expensive than a dental implant. However, dental implants can last a lifetime while dental bridges will need to be replaced. Although your upfront costs will be more, over time, dental implants may be a more cost effective option.
If missing teeth are an issue for you, call or click and schedule a no obligation dental implants consultation with Anaheim Hills Dentist.
Dr. Ringer will be able to help you make the healthy decision between dental implants and fixed dental bridges.