Filling in the Gap, A Close Look at Implants vs. Dentures
When you’ve lost a tooth or multiple teeth, there are several options available. Thankfully, people with dental damage can have their smile and oral health restored quite easily. Tooth implants and dental bridges have become two popular ways to replace lost teeth. Both serve the same purpose and have a high success rate!
The purpose of both a tooth implant and a bridge is simply to replace one or more missing teeth. When someone loses a tooth due to decay, an accident or any other reason, the resulting gap can cause problems. Surrounding teeth will shift into the empty space and eventually loosen due to lack of stability. The person may also have problems chewing or speaking. A tooth implant or bridge eliminates these problems by filling in the space with a false or artificial tooth.
Dental implants and a bridge function in the same way as natural teeth. An implant is capped with a crown that allows a person to chew, eat and speak normally. A bridge has a false or artificial tooth that is held in place by porcelain to the adjoining teeth making the bridge look perfectly natural.
If you are missing at least one tooth and want to explore your options for replacing it, you should consider the following advantages and disadvantages. Then, you can decide which option is the best one for you.
Opting for a bridge may appear to be less expensive and in some cases covered by your dental insurance. But is a bridge really cheaper than an implant in the long run? Some dentist’s claim that bridges last around 10 years and then more than likely will need to be redone.
Dental implants will not affect your neighboring healthy teeth. A bridge, on the other hand, will require the cutting down of healthy, adjacent teeth in order to support the bridge structure. Dental implants allow you to keep more of your original teeth intact.
Implants are seen more as a permanent solution to tooth loss while bridges have a life expectancy of approximately 10-15 years. Implants bond to the jaw bone and become part of it. A bridge relies on the adjacent teeth to secure the bridge’s structure.
Modern technology has allowed dentists to achieve natural-looking results when it comes to bridges and dental implants. However, experts tend to agree that implants have the most natural look and that the implanted tooth is often unrecognizable.
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