A whole and healthy smile can be a source of confidence and help improve overall health. However, if you lose one or more teeth your oral health can suffer, as well as your appearance. Fortunately, we have multiple options for replacing lost teeth, such as dental implant or a dental bridge. What’s the difference between an implant and a bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that replaces one to three teeth in a row. The prosthetic consists of replacement teeth with a crown on each end. The crown is placed onto the natural teeth on either side of the gap, securing the new teeth firmly in place. This prosthetic can last for about 10 to 15 years before it requires adjustment or replacement. We will provide detailed instructions for cleaning and caring for the new prosthetic. In addition, a dental bridge can help prevent misalignment from developing as a result of tooth loss.
A dental implant replaces both the root and the visible portion of the tooth. A biocompatible implant post will be inserted into the jawbone, where it bonds with the bone tissue like a natural tooth root. Then, a lifelike restoration will be added to the top, completing the new tooth. Wit proper care and maintenance, this tooth replacement option can last a lifetime. They can also prevent facial collapse and misalignment from developing or worsening.
The Health Risks of Tooth Loss
While the right prosthetic for you will depend on a number of factors, you must replace your missing teeth in order to maintain a whole and healthy smile. We’ve mentioned a few consequences of tooth loss above, other include:
- Difficulty eating
- Embarrassment about appearance
- Difficulty being understood when speaking
- Loss of jawbone density
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