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Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges: Which Should You Get?

It can happen thanks to a car accident or sports injury. It can also happen when you have gum disease or a really bad cavity. Anyway you cut it, you’ve lost a tooth from your smile.

That’s nothing to ignore. Even if you can deal with how it takes away from how your smile looks, there are dental health problems from having a gap in your smile like that.

Call our Hellertown, PA dental office today at 484-858-0949 and make an appointment for restorative dentistry. With our dentist’s training and expertise, you can get a durable replacement tooth that

Why You Really Need That Lost Tooth Replaced

Probably the biggest reason for getting your lost tooth replaced is how you look. You don’t have to be vain to want a complete smile. With that dark space, you look older than you are. You can also lose some of your confidence, especially when speaking to someone for the first time. But here are some other dental problems that come when you’re missing a tooth:

  • Without all your teeth, how your bite comes together changes. This can add stress to your jaw joints and lead to TMJ disorder.
  • Food particles can build up in that space, increasing your chances of gum disease or cavities in that spot.
  • You can have trouble chewing and talking.
  • Your other teeth will slowly slide towards that gap, moving out of alignment.

That’s why it’s important to call us today and schedule an appointment. Our dentists have the advanced training in restorative dentistry needed to give you a replacement tooth that looks and feels normal. It can also help you avoid the problems listed above.

Two Great Replacement Tooth Options

To replace a single lost tooth, you generally have two options: dental implants or dental bridges.

Dental implants have three parts: a replacement tooth, an artificial tooth root, and an abutment to connect them both. (This way, if you ever need to replace the tooth again, you won’t have to remove the root.) The root is surgically implanted in your jawbone.

Dental bridges do not require any surgery. You still get the same replacement tooth, but this is held firmly in the gap by two dental crowns, one on each side of the space.

Dental Implant Or Dental Bridge?

Then which should you get to replace your lost tooth? Here’s how these two dental restorations compare against each other. Keep in mind that, no matter which you choose, you’ll get the same beautiful but durable replacement tooth that will look natural in your smile.

APPEARANCE: TIE

Because both dental implants and dental bridges use the same replacement tooth, they are tied in how they look. Both will be so close to having that old tooth back that people will have a hard time knowing you had dental work done at all.

DURABILITY: DENTAL IMPLANTS

If you’re concerned with how long your dental restoration will last, then you want a dental implant. Because dental bridges do not include an implanted root, they tend to last about 10 years before they need to be replaced.

Dental implants, however, last longer. Most people will have no problems with their dental implant for 20 years or longer. And for some people, this is the last dental restoration they’ll need for that missing tooth.

COST: DENTAL BRIDGES

A dental implant requires oral surgery to be placed in your jawbone. Although that’s what makes it strong and durable, it also pushed the price up. Surgery is simply more complicated, so it costs more. A dental bridge does not require any surgery because the replacement tooth is held firmly by two dental crowns, one on each tooth neighboring the gap.

HEALTH: DENTAL IMPLANTS

Losing a tooth means your jawbone will start to deteriorate. That’s because the bone tissue needs stimulation to stay healthy. Normally, that’s provided by the tooth’s root in there. Dental bridges do not include a root, so they do not stimulate the bone tissue. But dental implants include an artificial root that helps keep your jawbone strong.

Call us TODAY at 484-858-0949 or contact us online to schedule your restorative dentistry appointment. Although dental implants have advantages over dental bridges, not everyone is a good candidate. After a thorough exam, our dentists will work with you to decide which is best for your particular situation.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ann or Dr. Maria!
1213 Main Street, Hellertown PA, 18055