Fixed tooth replacements such as dental bridges and dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Our Okotoks dentists will help you choose the treatment option that is best for your oral health needs.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are fixed dental appliances that literally "bridge" the gap left by missing teeth. They are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Because they are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap, unlike dentures, they can only be safely removed by a dentist. They are also known as "permanent partial dentures."
How to care for your dental bridges
Once your dental bridge has been installed, you can treat it in the same way that you would treat your natural teeth. Your bridge should last for many years if you maintain it properly with regular brushing and flossing. You should also continue to see your dentist regularly.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium rod that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone to act as a tooth root replacement. Missing teeth are replaced with dental implants. Titanium is a metal that can bond with natural bone, providing a secure and stable foundation for an artificial tooth. The artificial tooth replacement is then placed on top of the implant with a dental crown (cap).
When used together, the dental crown and implant have a very similar appearance and feel to a natural tooth.
How to care for your dental implants
Like with bridges, you should take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. This includes a strong brushing and flossing routine, and regular visits to the dentist.
How do I know which option is right for me?
Dental implants and dental bridges both have their advantages, and the best option for any given person will depend on that person's oral health needs as well as his or her financial situation.
The placement of dental implants is significantly more invasive than the placement of dental bridges. However, dental implants can often appear and feel more natural than dental bridges.
Furthermore, you must have enough jaw bone volume for the dental implant procedure to be successful. You may still be able to get an implant if you don't have enough bone in your jaw, but you'll need to have a bone grafting procedure first to ensure that the implant can be supported. As a result, the implant procedure would be more time-consuming and invasive.
At the end of the day, the only way to determine which tooth replacement option is best for you is to consult with your dentist.