Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the types of tooth restorations available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?
If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is important to think about the differences between a dental bridge and a permanent tooth implant.
Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of men and women. However, they have some downsides:
- They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem—the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
- It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
- A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.
Why does a tooth implant have key improvements over a dental bridge?
- It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
- It is usually stronger.
- Will cut down the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
- It is usually easier to keep clean which results in a lower risk of decay.
- They commonly last longer.
- Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.
If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your Royal Oak dentist about dental financing options. If you decide on a dental implant, it will probably be less pricey in the long run.
If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770. I am Dr. Steven Gustafson, and I am dedicated to restoring smiles for my patients with stunning permanent restorations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my Royal Oak office.
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