When it comes to making a permanent replacement for teeth in our mouth, you want to make the best choice for you personal health. Bridge work has been the traditional method for replacing a missing tooth. However, there is now an updated option – dental implants. Bridges and implants offer an absolute and practical fix for missing teeth. Plus, they improve the overall look of your smile. So what are the differences between dental implants and bridges?
What is a fixed bridge?
A fixed bridge is an option for dental restoration. It’s held in one spot with an attachment to the natural teeth next to the gap. This is called an abutment. The gap where the tooth replacement is going is called a pontic, which is French for “bridge.” The pontics need to be attached to the abutments. This can be done with one of two things; a metal frame or a space-age porcelain. This pontic bridges the space between the abutments. This is a complete functional system. Unfortunately, there is a catch. If you have just one single tooth that needs replacing, this system requires a minimum of a three-unit bridge. Your healthy teeth that are next to the gap of the missing tooth will be prepared by the fixed bridge by taking enameling away, which will put you at higher risk of needing a root canal.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a fantastic alternative to a dental bridge, as it is a single tooth replacement system. There is absolutely no effect on your adjacent teeth. Keep in mind, however, a dental implant involves a surgical procedure where a titanium screw is placed the jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation for the implant. This also helps with keeping the jaw bone dense. Dental implants are longer lasting and a more permanent choice over a tooth bridge.
Contact Mt. Ogden Dental Clinic
Contact Mt. Ogden Dental Clinic today at 801-394-4415 to schedule an implant consultation. We look forward to having the opportunity to be your dentist.