Chances are, if you have missing teeth you’ve considered getting them replaced at some point. Having to cover your mouth when talking, being careful about eating certain foods, or avoiding smiling in photos because you’re embarrassed about the gaps in your teeth can have a serious impact on your self confidence. Having your teeth replaced will not only restore your ability to eat the foods you love, but it will also give you the confidence to smile again. A missing tooth can be replaced in two ways: with a dental bridge, or a dental implant.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a porcelain tooth restoration that consists of 3 or more man-made teeth. It involves filing down of the teeth on either side of the site of the missing tooth; the filed-down teeth are then used as anchors to support each end of the dental bridge.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium root replacement. It is inserted into the jaw, and then a porcelain crown is fitted to the implant to create the most natural look and feel of a real tooth.
If a bridge can replace my tooth too – why should I go for an implant?
The short answer is that the dental implant is the more long-term, cost-effective solution. They last much longer than a porcelain bridge, they’re resistant to gum disease and decay, and they don’t require the healthy surrounding teeth to be filed down. In addition, the insertion of the implant into the jawbone prevents the bone from deteriorating away. When you get into your later years and decide to get dentures, the implant can also be used to stabilise the denture. Poorly-fitted dentures can make it difficult for you to talk and chew, so having an implant that secures it in place will really help.
It is important to keep in mind that every patient is different and our dentists will recommend which option is best for you depending on your individual situation.
If you are ready for a dental implant, or you just want to discuss your options, you can call us at Clear Choice Dental. We will thoroughly examine your teeth, assess your oral health and let you know about all of your options.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.