If you’ve lost one, two or multiple teeth, you’re not alone. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults 35-44 have lost at least one tooth. Missing teeth are not only unattractive, they can lead to pain, difficulty eating and a less active lifestyle. The longer you wait to address missing teeth, the harder it can be to replace them. Your treatment needs for missing teeth are unique, however, so how do you know if you should get dental implants or a dental bridge?
Dental Bridges – A Permanent Gap Solution
A dental bridge can fill those gaps caused by missing teeth, giving you a natural-looking, effective tooth replacement. The most commonly done bridge consists of an artificial tooth supported by its two neighboring teeth. Those two anchor teeth are given crowns to attach the new tooth (called a pontic), and this allows for normal biting and chewing pressure. If you’ve lost multiple teeth or teeth roots, dental implants may be a better solution.
Pros of dental bridges:
- Correct your bite, thus improving your dental health
- Fill gaps caused by missing teeth
- Improve your chewing ability
- Improve speech
- Give support to the surrounding teeth
Dental Implants – Teeth to Last a Lifetime
Healthy gums and sufficient bone density in your jaw help support the dental implant. Dental implants have a 95% success rate among patients who are
good candidates. With dental implants, you will never have to wear dentures again. Eat, chew and smile with confidence by replacing your dentures with dental implants to last a lifetime.
Pros of dental implants:
- Prevents the jawbone tissue from shrinking to fill the root gap
- No healthy teeth need to be shaved down for crowns
- No teeth will be burdened with supporting an artificial tooth, taking the stress that normally the missing tooth’s root would have taken
Request a complimentary consult today to see if you are a candidate for dental bridges or implants.