The options for missing teeth replacement are many and varied, and some treatments may be more ideal or desired, depending on each individual patient. Dental implants and dental bridges are some of the more effective and popular options available, and there are several distinctions between the two that can make one more preferable than the other based on your unique needs and goals.
One of the most advanced missing teeth replacement techniques to ever come along in the field of restorative dentistry, dental implants are specifically designed to serve as fully functional and natural-looking artificial teeth, right down to the roots. Composed of a titanium post and a custom dental crown, a dental implant is anchored to the jawbone, where it should ultimately fuse to the bone and become a part of the mouth. The crown is placed on top of the post, creating a replacement tooth that can look, function, and feel so natural it is as though the original tooth was never lost. Dental implants can be used for a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or full sets of missing teeth.
Dental bridges have been standard teeth replacement options for decades. These treatments can be good alternatives for individuals who are missing one or more teeth in a specific area, creating a large gap between two natural teeth. A dental bridge gets its name from its ability to literally “bridge” this gap with artificial teeth, leading to improved function and appearance. This procedure typically involves the placement of artificial teeth where the gap is apparent, which are supported by durable custom dental crowns on the original teeth surrounding the gap. Some dental bridges are “fixed,” meaning they can’t be removed by the patient, while others are removable. Unlike dental implants, traditional dental bridges do not involve oral surgery; however, some patients opt for an “implant dental bridge,” which does require surgical placement of dental implants. Implant dental bridges may be an ideal choice for some patients, offering them the benefits of both procedures.
Once our dentist at Delmarva Dental Services has met with you for an initial consultation, he can evaluate your needs and help you determine whether dental implants or a dental bridge is the best option. Please contact us today to find out more about these advanced treatments, or to schedule a consultation.