Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implant
Tooth loss can seriously hinder the health and appearance of your smile. If you have one or multiple missing teeth, then you know how this issue can lead to difficulty eating and embarrassment in social situations. In order to replace your missing teeth we offer two options: dental bridges and dental implants. Which will best restore the function and esthetics of your smile?
How Does Tooth Loss Impact My Smile?
The effect of missing teeth on your appearance is obvious but it also has a negative impact on the health of your smile. In many cases the adjacent and opposing teeth may drift into the empty spaces. The resulting misalignment can lead to a number of issues, including an increased risk for hypersensitive teeth, periodontal disease, TMJ disorder, and teeth grinding.
Furthermore, the absence of teeth leads to atrophy of your jawbone. This is because bone needs stimulation, either from a tooth root or a dental implant, in order to maintain its form, density and strength. Scientific research has proven that the normal chewing forces that are transmitted from the teeth or implants to the jawbone are what preserves the bone and keeps it strong.
A dental bridge can fill in the missing spaces and prevent undesired movement of adjacent and opposing teeth, thus restoring patient’s ability to eat and speak. We use this option to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. The prosthesis consists of multiple dental crowns joined together with the middle crown(s) being false teeth and the terminal crowns cemented or bonded to adjacent natural teeth. Most people qualify for a dental bridge and they can be expected to last 10-15 years with good homecare and regular maintenance. When compared to dental implants, this is often the more cost-effective option.
A dental implant actually replaces the missing root or roots of a tooth. It is made of medical grade titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible. Dental implants can be used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth visible in the mouth), bridgework or dentures. What allows dental implants to support the overlying prostheses is the fact titanium osseointegrates (“osseo” – bone; “integrate” – fusion) with your jawbone. This fusion forms a strong and durable anchor for your new teeth. Another benefit is that since dental implants are not natural teeth, they will never decay. With proper care and maintenance they can provide a lifetime of service.
If you would like to receive a healthy and confident smile that makes a lasting impression, then contact Dr. Michael C. Huang today. Dr. Huang and our team provide an array of cosmetic and implant dental services for families in Covina, CA and surrounding communities.