Fixed tooth replacements such as dental bridges and dental implants are both used to replace one or more missing teeth. Our Grande Prairie dentists will help you choose the treatment option that is best suited to your specific oral health needs.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are permanent dental appliances that fill the gap left by missing teeth. They are used to replace one or more teeth that have been lost. Unlike dentures, they can only be safely removed by a dentist because they are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. "Permanent partial dentures" is another name for them.
How to care for your dental bridges
You can treat your dental bridge the same way you would your natural teeth once it has been installed. If you brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis, your bridge should last for many years. Continue to see your dentist on a regular basis as well.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium rod that serves as an artificial tooth root and is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost. Titanium is a metal that can form bonds with natural bone, which makes it a secure and stable foundation for an artificial tooth. The artificial tooth is then replaced with a dental crown (cap) that is placed on top of the implant.
When used together, the dental crown and implant have a very similar appearance and feel to a natural tooth.
How to care for your dental implants
Like with bridges, you should take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. This includes a strong brushing and flossing routine, and regular visits to the dentist.
How do I know which option is right for me?
Dental implants and dental bridges both have their advantages, and the best option for any given person will depend on that person's oral health needs as well as his or her financial situation.
The placement of dental implants is significantly more invasive than the placement of dental bridges. However, dental implants can often appear and feel more natural than dental bridges.
Furthermore, you must have enough jaw bone volume for the dental implant procedure to be successful. You may still be able to get an implant if you don't have enough bone in your jaw, but you'll need to have a bone grafting procedure first to ensure that the implant can be supported. As a result, the implant procedure would be more time-consuming and invasive.
At the end of the day, the only way to determine which tooth replacement option is best for you is to consult with your dentist.