Losing one or more natural teeth is distressing, and it’s important to replace them as soon as possible to restore your appearance and to protect your oral health. Choices include a dental bridge supported by your natural teeth or dental implants.
A dental bridge is a restoration permanently cemented onto your natural teeth and can replace one or more missing teeth in the same area of your mouth. It is supported using crowns fitted over the teeth adjacent to the gap, and these are attached to the replacement tooth or teeth, each of which is called a pontic. Usually, it’s necessary to crown one tooth either side of the gap, but if there isn’t sufficient support, a dentist may choose to crown two teeth on the same side or will crown a single tooth. This is called a cantilever bridge.
A Maryland bridge doesn’t rely on dental crowns for support; instead, it has “wings” that are bonded onto the inner surfaces of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth and which are attached to the pontic. Usually, Maryland bridges are reserved for front teeth as they aren’t particularly strong and are generally not suitable for chewing food. The main advantage of a Maryland bridge is that minimal preparation is needed, so the adjacent teeth remain largely intact.
A dental implant is a small post surgically inserted into the jawbone where it fuses or osseointegrates with the bone, so it’s becomes firmly anchored in place. Once fused in position, an abutment is attached to the post and can support a dental crown, while multiple implants can support a dental implant bridge or even an implant denture.
Benefits of choosing a bridge include:
The drawbacks of choosing a bridge include:
Benefits of choosing dental implants include:
Drawbacks of choosing dental implants include:
Dental implant treatment is the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. If we feel implants would suit you, it’s certainly a treatment that we will recommend here at LuxDen Dental Center. Our dentist, Dr. Leonard Umanoff, is highly trained and experienced in placing dental implants and can determine if dental implants are the right solution for you.
We discuss each possible solution in detail with you so that you can make an informed choice about your oral health.
We prefer to place implants when possible because of the positive impact on your oral health as it protects and preserves your jawbone and your natural teeth. With dental implants, there is no need to grind down healthy teeth, and the implants help to spread the pressure of biting and chewing food more evenly, reducing the risk of your natural teeth chipping or cracking in the future.
Many people are concerned that dental implant treatment takes too long to complete, and they may be without teeth during this time. This will not happen as we can often restore implants soon after insertion and can always provide temporary teeth during the healing period. In the longer term, dental implants can provide you with a long-lasting and high-quality tooth replacement.