Dental implants and bridges: Two very different ways to replace a missing tooth
Missing even one tooth can have a serious impact on your smile’s appearance, and it can also create issues with the way your mouth functions. This is in addition to the problems it can create with your self-confidence.
Two of the most common ways to fill in the gap left behind a missing tooth are dental implants and dental bridges. Although both options address the same challenges, they are two very different approaches to consider. At our Chester Hill, NSW surgery, we want to make sure our patients understand what dental implants and bridges both entail before they decide on what is right for their oral health.
A dental implant is a metal post, typically made of titanium, that replaces a missing tooth root. When a tooth root is missing, the area around the missing root begins to decline. After the implant is placed, it integrates with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This also protects the bone, ligaments, and nerves from further deterioration.
When the dental implant is firmly in place, your dentist can attach a dental crown to it, giving you a tooth that looks and functions very much like your natural tooth.
A dental bridge also fills in the gap left by missing teeth by attaching to the healthy teeth on either side of the space.
One of the major drawbacks of a dental bridge is that the two teeth to which the bridge are attached will need to be reshaped, even if they are otherwise healthy. This is to accommodate the dental crowns that attach to the bridge, holding it into place.
Make the Best Decision for Your Tooth Replacement
We invite you to contact our Chester Hill, NSW surgery to learn more about dental implants and bridges. Your trusted dentist, Dr Hoang Nhan, can discuss both procedures with you, as well as the expected results. You can make the right decision for your smile, and he can create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Arrange a booking with LN Dental Centre today.