When you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it’s important to consider your many options for care. Not only will missing teeth affect your appearance, missing teeth will also affect your dental health in a number of ways as well. For one, it can be difficult to eat many of your favorite foods if you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth. In addition, it is not uncommon for speech impediments to occur. With tooth loss, there are also issues of tooth misalignment and possible TMJ disorders to consider.
When you meet with a skilled cosmetic dentist, you’ll be able to learn more about all of your options for enhanced dental health and wellness. Right now, we’d like to consider two popular options for addressing tooth loss: dental bridges supported by crowns and dental bridges supported by dental implants.
About Dental Bridges
Some basics first. Dental bridges are artificial sets of teeth that help fill a small gap where a person is missing a tooth or a few teeth. Traditional dental bridges latch around existing tooth structure in order to stay in place. They restore the aesthetics of a smile as well as the ability for a person to bite and chew.
How Crown-Supported Dental Bridges Work
Crown-supported dental bridges are artificial sets of teeth that are bookended by dental crowns. Dental crowns are caps that fit over a tooth.
These dental crowns are placed on teeth adjacent to the tooth gap, allowing for a very secure hold of the bridge that rests between the crowns.
How Implant-Supported Dental Bridges Work
Implant-supported dental bridges are artificial sets of teeth that are secured in place using dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the patient’s jawbone and gum tissue.
Dental implants provide a degree of stability that is comparable to natural tooth roots.
Is one option better than the other?
“Better” is a relative term with regard to this matter. Dental implants do provide a very secure hold and also prevent bone loss and gum recession in the area of the tooth gap, though not everyone is an ideal candidate for dental implants. And while supporting a dental bridge with dental crowns can be an ideal option for some patients, it may not be the optimal solution for others.
Making the Best Decision for You and Your Needs
During your consultation process, we will be sure to carefully assess your overall dental health. We will consider the degree of your tooth loss as well as the health of your other teeth, your gums, your jawbone, and other factors. We will also consider additional treatments that may make you eligible for dental implants (e.g., bone grafting, soft tissue augmentation).
After assessing your overall dental health as well as your dental care goals, we will give you information about all of your treatment options so that you can make a well-informed decision about all of your needs. We want to make sure that you make a decision with which you can be comfortable and confident.
Learn More About Advanced Restorative Dentistry
Both crown-supported bridges and implant-supported bridges may be right for you, but you’ll never find out if you don’t schedule a consultation. To meet with our team, we encourage you to contact our Worcester, MA cosmetic and restorative dentistry office today. We will help you make the best decisions possible regarding your options for dental health and wellness.Leave a reply →