Dental Bridges Vs Implants
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
The drawbacks to a bridge include
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.
While there are numerous benefits associated with dental implants, there are also a few drawbacks as well.
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.