Say you've lost 2 teeth in a fall. Unfortunately, dental trauma can happen at any time, and accidents like this are all too common. You are faced with a decision: how should you replace those missing teeth?
Dental bridgework versus dental implants: which is right choice for appearance, function and longevity? John M. Isbrandt DDS PC, serving the St. Charles, IL area, has the experience and skill to help you navigate your options to create a superior smile that will last.
For years, bridges have served people well as a good tooth replacement choice. Comprised of one or more porcelain prosthetic teeth, traditional bridges are anchored to neighboring teeth with crowns or by a bonding process (Maryland bridge). Either choice involves removal of tooth enamel from the supporting teeth.
Bridgework is relatively strong and natural-looking. It also restores normal chewing and speaking and acts as a placeholder so the remaining natural teeth do not drift out of alignment.
Budget-wise, dental bridges are usually a cost-sparing choice. They do not last forever, however. Depending on wear and tear, bridges require replacement after a decade or so.
Dental implants are the definitive tooth replacement choice. For individuals with sufficient jawbone and healthy gums, implants provide the most natural-looking and functioning prosthetic teeth available.
Implants are constructed from 3 parts:
- a titanium screw, or implant device, which the dentist inserts into the jaw bone in an in-office surgical procedure
- a metal abutment or post affixed to the implant device after a period of healing
- a custom-crafted porcelain crown
The implant procedure is highly successful (around 98 percent). The device bonds securely to the jaw bone and actually encourages its growth through a natural process called osseointegration. The American Academy of Periodontology, a group of dental specialists focused on combating gum disease, says that dental implants can replace one or more teeth singly or even support fixed bridgework or a full denture.
The initial cost of a dental implant is more pricey than bridgework or partial denture options. However, a dental implant is usually a one-time fix. Good brushing and flossing avoids gum disease around the implant, and the device is not subject to decay. Additionally, unlike traditional bridgework, implants and implant-supported bridges maintain the integrity of the jawbone, helping preserve surrounding teeth and avoiding expensive restorations down the road.
Which One is Right for You?
That's a great question to ask St.Charles dental implant dentist Dr. John Isbrandt. He will examine your teeth, gums and bone structure and present you with a treatment plan to correctly address your tooth replacement needs.
Contact his professional team for a one-on-one consultation today: (513) 825-7570.