The majority of our patients suffering from tooth loss only need a single tooth replaced. At our practice, Dr. Grubb offers dental implants and bridges to replace your tooth and restore your smile. Learn about the differences between these tooth replacement solutions.
Dental bridges have been used for thousands of years, but they remain a popular restoration solution to this day. A dental bridge is a set of porcelain crowns that have been fused together. Typically, the bridge is made up of three crowns with the middle one replacing your missing tooth. The other two crowns fit over the surrounding teeth and support the middle one.
The primary advantage of dental bridges is their affordability. They’re often at least partially covered by insurance, minimizing the cost for you. Dental bridges can also be provided relatively fast, with the process usually only taking two visits to our office.
However, dental bridges come with some disadvantages. Before your bridge is placed, the surrounding teeth will have to be filed down, removing some of the enamel. This effect is irreversible and can put you at higher risk for tooth decay.
Generally, dental bridges need to be replaced every seven to ten years. Though they are affordable, the cost can add up over time. In addition, some patients have trouble chewing certain foods with their dental bridges and find them inconvenient to clean.
Dental implants are considered by many dentists to be the best replacement for missing teeth. They’re the only restoration solution that protects your health in addition to enhancing your smile. Dental implants are titanium posts that fuse directly with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once the fusion is complete, they’re topped with porcelain crowns that look and function like your natural teeth.
Dental implants offer a variety of benefits that other tooth replacements can’t. Most importantly, the osseointegration process will maintain the health of your jawbone and surrounding teeth by preventing bone loss. This is not the case with removable options like dentures, which can lead to your face developing a wrinkled and sunken appearance.
Dental implants also allow you to speak and eat comfortably without any fear of them slipping out of place. To make life even more convenient for you, they’re never removed and don’t require any special cleaning products.
There are virtually no disadvantages to dental implants. Though the process takes longer than dental bridges, the results are more than worth it. And although dental implants may seem more expensive in the short term, they will actually end up saving you money because they can last a lifetime with proper care.
Osseointegration is the step in the dental implant process in which an artificial implant is permanently and surgically anchored into the jaw bone. It then fuses with the bone to create a secure, durable bond that can last a lifetime. Without osseointegration, the dental implant would not heal successfully for long-lasting results.
Yes! Dental implants are the safest tooth replacement option for your long-term health, as they’re the only restoration that prevents jawbone deterioration. Choosing a trusted dental implant provider such as Dr. Grubb will ensure your procedure is performed to the highest standards and completely safe.
Dental bridges can last seven to ten years or longer and caring for them is essential to increase their longevity. Scheduling bi-annual cleanings and checkups at our Havre de Grace office, in addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine, is required to prevent and address any issues that may arise.
It’s not uncommon for decay to form under the crown due to bacteria exposure, and changes in the bridge can occur due to wear and tear that can make it look or feel unnatural. During your regular visits, we’ll perform a professional cleaning, examine your oral health, and assess the integrity of your dental bridge.
If you experience any problems with your dental bridge, contact us immediately at (410) 939-5800, and we’ll be happy to restore your smile. Choosing a highly respected dentist, such as Dr. Grubb will help ensure your bridge and smile stay healthy for many years to come.
The cost of a dental bridge is based on your specific needs and the details of the procedure. Insurance will usually cover a portion of the expenses. It’s best to check with your provider for specific details on your coverage.
For an accurate price, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Grubb by calling (410) 939-5800. During your consultation, we’ll examine your oral health and create a customized treatment plan that will include a breakdown of the cost.
Here at Family Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry, we’re proud to offer flexible financing options, so there’s no need to sacrifice your health or feel like you’re in a pinch.
Whether you’re still struggling to decide or you already feel confident in your tooth replacement choice, the first step is to visit Dr. Grubb for a consultation. During this visit, he’ll listen to your goals and help you determine the best treatment for your smile. Contact our office today and get started on your new smile.