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What is the difference between dental implants and dental bridges?

Dental bridges and dental implants are both fixed tooth replacements that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Our Pembroke dentists will assist you in selecting the treatment option that is most appropriate for your specific oral health requirements.

What are dental bridges?

Fixed dental appliances called dental bridges "bridge" the space left by missing teeth. They are utilized to fill one or more tooth gaps. They cannot be removed safely by anyone other than a dentist because, unlike dentures, they are anchored permanently to the teeth on either side of the gap. They are additionally referred to as "permanent partial dentures."

How to care for your dental bridges

After your dental bridge is put in place, you can take care of it the same way you would take care of your natural teeth. If you take good care of your bridge by brushing and flossing on a regular basis, it should last for many years. Additionally, you must keep visiting your dentist frequently.

What are dental implants?

An artificial tooth root is created by surgically inserting a small titanium rod into the jawbone. To replace missing teeth, dental implants are used. A secure and stable foundation for a false tooth can be created using titanium, a type of metal that has the capacity to form bonds with real bone. To act as the artificial tooth replacement, a dental crown (cap) is then affixed to the top of the implant.

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, sufficient jaw bone volume is required for the dental implant procedure to be successful. If you don't have enough bone in your jaw, you may still be able to get an implant, but you'll need to have a bone grafting procedure first to ensure that the implant is stable. As a result, the implant procedure would be longer and more 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.

Our Pembroke dentists will discuss your tooth replacement options with you and will assist you in selecting the most appropriate option for your dental health needs. Get in touch today for a consultation!

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