Dental bridges and dental implants are both fixed tooth replacements we can use to replace one or more missing teeth. Our dentists in Dawson Creek will help you to choose the treatment option that's most appropriate for your oral health needs.
What are dental bridges?
These fixed dental bridges literally "bridge" the gap left by missing teeth. Used to replace one or more missing teeth, they are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. Unlike dentures, they can only be safely removed by a dentist. They are also sometimes referred to as "permanent partial dentures."
How to care for your dental bridges
Once your dentist has placed your dental bridge, you can treat it in the same way you would your natural teeth. If you maintain it properly by regular brushing and flossing, your bridge should last for many years. You should also continue to attend your regularly scheduled dental appointments.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium rod that your dentist will surgically implant into the jaw bone. It acts as an artificial tooth root and is used to replace missing teeth. Titanium is a kind of metal that can bonds with the natural bone, making it a secure, stable foundation for an artificial tooth. A dental crown (cap) is then placed on top of the implant to serve as the artificial tooth replacement.
When used in conjunction, 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.
In addition, for the dental implant procedure to be successful, you must have a sufficient volume of jaw bone. If you don't have enough bone in your jaw, you may still be able to get an implant, but you would need to undergo a bone grafting procedure first to ensure that the implant could be supported. As a result, the implant process would take longer and be somewhat 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.