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.
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.