Dental Implants or Dental Bridges, Which Is Better?
When faced with tooth replacement, the patient must decidebetween implants and bridgework. The decision depends on mouth structure, bone loss risk, permanency, willingness to undergo surgery, urgency and cost.
Missing teeth are no minor matter. They leave your mouth feeling misaligned, make chewing a challenge and give your smile that Halloween pumpkin look. Of course they must be replaced. There are additional issues that must be addressed, such as avoiding bone loss and maintaining facial structure. Nor is it healthy for the mouth when adjacent teeth shift.
Today’s advanced dental practices present options for tooth replacement, the familiar partial or full bridgework and crowns, or the newer dental implant in which a replacement tooth is inserted into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. In fact, the implant is a true tooth replacement. If you are considering restoring your mouth, you need to gather the information regarding both options so you can choose the one that suits both your mouth and your pocketbook.
Dental implants avoid bone loss because without the daily exercise of chewing thatstrengthens supporting bone it erodes. As the implant is anchored in bone, no deterioration occurs. On the other hand all bridgework, while supported by real teeth, does not provide the same salutary pressure. Implants look and feel more natural. As they are virtually the same as you original teeth, you can completely relax about you appearance and facing that farm fresh ear of sweet corn.
Implants are good for your remaining teeth as well. All bridgework in some way must be attached to existing teeth. This means they have to be shaved, ground or channeled to accommodate the wires and clamps needed to anchor the composite teeth. All such work on natural teeth weakens them to some extent, introducing the increased possibility of cracking or crumbling. Also, to some extent the internal health of the natural teeth may be compromised.
Bridgework is not without positive attributes. In brief, a bridge is actually a frame holding crowns and composite teeth. This tri-part array is necessary because the healthy teeth edging the missing ones must accommodate the replacements. This requires their being reshaped with a resulting loss of size and strength. However, this work is non-surgical and requires no anesthesia. The process is relatively speedy, requiring only two or three visits to the dentist’s office. Bridges are best for those suffering from jawbone loss or injury. Here procedures are simpler, less painful and cheaper than those required to insert implants that require healthy bone. When seated, bridges are quite stable and, once in use, feel comfortable and return chewing to normal.
Clearly there are pros and cons concerning the bridgework-implant decision. For more information from dental bridges in Durham area, visit this website.
Ron has years of experience in the dental world. You can find his thoughts at Livejournal blog.
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