Are You an Ideal Candidate for Dental Bridges or Dental Implant Treatment

With recent advancement in Dental Hygiene and Care industry there are many treatments available to replace missing teeth. Two of the most common treatments these days are Dental Bridges and Dental Implants Treatments.

Replacement of Missing Teeth

Dentists may replace missing teeth with traditional dental bridges, single tooth implants, partial dentures or implanted bridges.

What are Dental Bridges?

One of the methods of replacing missing teeth is a dental bridge. Traditional fixed partial bridges, also referred to as fixed partial dental bridges or just dental bridges, require the grinding down of adjacent teeth so that that they can serve as abutments to support the bridge. A bridge consists of one or more artificial tooth crowns to replace the missing tooth or teeth, plus crowns for the teeth which had to be ground down.

What are Implants?

Implants are artificial teeth permanently connected to the jaw bone. Screws made from titanium are screwed into the jaw bone, abutments are attached to the screws and then artificial crowns are attached to the abutments.

What are Implant-Supported Bridges?

When single teeth are missing, a single implanted tooth will suffice. When several adjacent teeth are missing, an option for the patient is to replace them with an implanted supported bridge instead of two or more single implants. In general in a case like this, an implanted bridge will be a less expensive solution than multiple single implants. An implanted bridge consists of a row of three or more artificial teeth supported by at least two implants. As with single implanted artificial teeth, titanium screws are set in the jaw bone, abutments are attached to the implants and then the bridge is attached to the abutments.

Implant-supported bridges work more like real teeth than do traditional dental bridges. They usually outlast traditional dental bridges. They also have a more natural, solid and comfortable feel while biting or chewing. The section of jawbone that underlies teeth may deteriorate where teeth are missing. Implants prevent this, because the force the jaw bone feels when implanted teeth chew helps keep the jaw bone healthy. Traditional dental bridges and dentures don’t prevent this restoration of jaw bone, which can ultimately result in a distorted facial appearance.

Which is better: Dental Bridges or Implants?

The grinding down of adjacent teeth that is necessary to install traditional dental bridges results in an undesirable denigration of healthy teeth. Gingivitis may result if the partial dental bridge has to go beneath the gum line for appearance reasons. Fixed partial bridges only last about 8.3 to10.3 years, according to a paper in the Journal of the American Dental Association. In the absence of local gum or jaw bone problems, implants may last a lifetime. Implants have the advantage of adjacent healthy teeth not having to be ground down, as well as preserving underlying jaw bone.

Every patient is different, but it appears that in general, implants will be the better choice for most patients. If you’re are looking for dental implant in San Diego area, Dr. A. Fakhimi will be able to suggest which procedure is the best one for your dental needs. Please contact Soft Touch Dental today to make an appointment