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Dental Bridges Vs Implants

Elderly couple walking in a park after receiving dental implants from Shenandoah Family Dentistry Tooth loss, even the loss of a single tooth is a big deal. However, many people tend to think that if the tooth is missing at the back of the mouth where it cannot be seen, it is not important. Tooth loss is more than just an aesthetic issue. When you lose a tooth, your entire life is affected. Shenandoah Family Dentistry can provide you with a few options for replacing a missing tooth, bridges, and implants.

What are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a traditional type of restoration used to replace missing teeth. It is frequently used to replace a single tooth, but it can be used to replace up to three missing teeth in a row. There are a few different types of bridges, including cantilever, Maryland or resin bonded and fixed. Fixed bridges are the most common type of bridges used, consisting of a pontic tooth with two dental crowns. The pontic tooth is the replacement tooth, which fills in the empty space left behind by your missing tooth. The crowns sit one on each side of the pontic tooth. These are used to anchor the bridge into place on the adjacent, or abutment, teeth.

Pros and Cons for Dental Bridges

Benefits of bridges include
•  Filling in the empty space left behind by your missing tooth.
•  Restoring your abilities to eat and speak effectively.
•  Improving your oral health.
•  Improving the quality of your smile.

The drawbacks to a bridge include
•  The abutment teeth need to be prepared. This process requires removal of enamel from these teeth so that your restoration can fit properly into place.
•  Depending on the material, bridges do not always look natural.
•  The need for periodic replacement. Bridges cannot stop bone loss in the jaw, which means your bridge will need to be periodically changed to accommodate your changing jawbone.

What are Implants?

Implants are a modern alternative to bridges. This treatment uses small titanium posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone to provide support for your replacement teeth. Your bone gradually fuses to these posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts, turning them into strong roots that hold your new teeth securely in place. There are many different types of implants, which can help to meet many different needs.

Pros and Cons of Implants

Dental implants provide several significant benefits.
•  They look, feel, and function completely naturally.
•  Your oral health improves.
•  There is no need to alter perfectly healthy teeth.
•  The replacement tooth is supported by your implant, rather than the adjacent teeth.
•  The post restores stimulation to your jawbone, stopping and preventing bone loss.

While there are numerous benefits associated with dental implants, there are also a few drawbacks as well.
•  Surgery is required for implant placement.
•  There is a recovery period that can take anywhere from several weeks to several months.
•  Without enough bone mass, a bone graft may be required.
•  Implants can be expensive.

With a thorough oral examination, evaluation of your medical history, and a discussion with you, we can help you to determine the best solution for replacing your missing tooth. Call Shenandoah Family Dentistry at (540) 667-8731 to learn more and schedule your appointment today.
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