Jared R. Anderson, DDS
If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, it is important to plan the best way to replace them as soon as possible. Tooth loss can be caused either by injury or because of dental diseases. Dental Implants and Dental Bridges are two restoration options that can help you with replacing your missing tooth/teeth. Replacing missing teeth will not only help restore your smile and self-confidence but also minimize the negative effects that tooth loss can have on your gums, jawbone and remaining teeth. The following write-up provides a brief introduction about both tooth restoration Dental Implants and Dental Bridges.
What are Dental Implants?
It's a good option if you have lost a tooth or teeth due to an injury, periodontal disease, or other reasons. Dental implant is a tooth restoration process used as a replacement for a natural tooth root. In the restoration process, an artificial post is placed in your jawbone. These posts are used to support an artificial tooth or bridge. The materials used to prepare these posts are titanium or zirconium. Over a period of time, these posts fuse with your jawbone.
Types of Implants
Endosteal implants are directly implanted into the jawbone during surgery. A second surgery is needed to connect the post to the first implant once the gum tissue is healed. Last, an artificial tooth is mounted to the post.
With subperiosteal implants, a metal frame is fitted onto the jawbone right below the gum tissue. The frame becomes fixed to the jawbone as the gums heal. Once ready, the artificial tooth is attached to the post.
Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Implants are quite stable since they are firmly integrated with the jawbone
- The cleaning process for implants is as same as of a natural tooth
- Implanted tooth can take bite load which is one of the major advantages
- The load is distributed evenly among all teeth; therefore, the natural teeth remain protected
- Implants are ideal cosmetic dentistry solution for a person who has missing teeth
- The implanted tooth looks very similar to a natural tooth. The supporting bone is protected which is an aesthetic advantage
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are used to bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. The bridge is supported by the natural teeth or implants on either side. It is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on each part of the gap. The anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and the false teeth that lie in between are called politics. The anchoring crowns are generally supported by natural teeth or implants.
Types of Bridges
This type of bridge is the most common one, and it’s usually made of either ceramic or porcelain fused to metal.
This type of bridge is not as common as the traditional bridge, and it is not recommended for the back of the mouth where it will receive much force.
Maryland Bonded Bridges
With this type of bridge, the resin-bonded bridge is made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth supported by a porcelain or metal framework.
Benefits of Dental Bridges?
- Reinstates your smile
- Helps you to speak and chew efficiently
- Restores the shape of your face
- Prevents misalignment of teeth
What is the Difference Between a Dental Implants and Dental Bridge?
With a dental implant, a small titanium cylinder is placed in the jawbone at the place of the missing tooth. That cylinder bonds with the bone tissue to create an artificial root on top of which an abutment and later an artificial tooth are placed.
With a dental bridge, a pair of crowns are installed onto your natural teeth on either side of the gap. Those crowns are then used to create a bridge that holds an artificial tooth. The gap is covered, but the artificial tooth is not actually fixed to the jaw.
Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants Insurance coverage Usually, no insurance coverage In 10 years, 50% success rate In 10 years, 95% success rate Hard to floss because teeth are connected Easy to floss because they’re separate teeth May get further decay or need root canals Will never decay or need a root canal Turns a one tooth problem into a three teeth problem Doesn’t require grinding on adjacent teeth 3 weeks for completion 4-6 months for completion
- 70% are missing at least one Adult tooth in their Dentition
- 18 million Americans have lost all of their teeth
- $165 million per year is spent on denture adhesive
Getting A Dental Implant or Bridge Can Depend on Upon Your Oral Health. Find the best way to replace your missing tooth. When you're missing a tooth, you have two options for replacement place a rental implant or a Dental bridge. Unfortunately, many patients don't have the information they need to make the best choice for their oral health and smile. Whatever procedure you choose, whether it be a Dental Implant or a Bridge, the team at Coombe and Anderson Dentistry can complete it for you Work with one of our Orthodontic specialists to Identify the best option for your tooth, your smile, your Long-term oral health, and your budget. Find the Redmond, Oregon office closest to your location, and then book an appointment for anytime that's convenient for you.