People with one or more missing teeth often suffer from a reduced quality of life. It can be more difficult to articulate words properly, eat foods you enjoy, and smile without feeling self-conscious. There are a few different options for restoring an incomplete smile, including dental implants and dental bridges. Each option offers compelling advantages, so talk to a cosmetic dentist to determine which choice will work best for you.
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap in one’s smile. This oral appliance consists of two crowns, which are placed on the natural teeth on either side of the gap. These two crowns hold a replacement, prosthetic tooth in between them. This replacement tooth is called a pontic. Dental bridges can be fixed in place, meaning they are not removable. You will care for the crowns and the pontic just as you would care for your natural teeth. It’s also possible to have a removable dental bridge. It requires somewhat more care, but it can be a more affordable choice.
While dental bridges are a great choice for many patients, you may want a more permanent solution. A dental implant is the closest you can get to replacing the gap in your smile with a real tooth. The cosmetic dentist will implant a titanium implant directly into the jawbone. Titanium is a remarkable material that has the ability to fuse tightly with the bone, allowing for a secure, permanent fit. An abutment is fitted on top of the implant. The abutment holds the crown in place, which is the only visible part of the implant. It looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
Only you and your dentist can determine whether a bridge or an implant would be best for you. One of the factors to consider is your budget. Bridges are a more affordable option than implants. However, bear in mind they aren’t likely to last as long, which means you’ll need a replacement. In addition, a dental bridge requires the removal of some of the enamel on the adjacent teeth in order to fit the crowns. On the other hand, the process to acquire a dental bridge is much shorter than for an implant. Plus, you won’t need surgery.
Dental implants do require surgery, and you should be fully informed of the potential complications before undergoing any surgery. An effective way to reduce the risk of complications is to choose a dentist who specializes in implant surgery, such as the team at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dental implants also offer plenty of advantages, like security, longevity, and aesthetic appeal. Plus, it won’t affect the adjacent teeth and it will help preserve your jawbone density.
The best way to determine which option is best for you is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. During your consult, you and the dentist will discuss which choice is best for your oral health, lifestyle, preferences, and budget. At our dental clinic in Suffolk County, LI, we provide a full suite of cosmetic dentistry and smile restoration services, from dental bridges and implants to teeth whitening and veneers. Schedule an appointment today by calling today.
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