Posted on September 02, 2020
As much as we may try to avoid it, sometimes we need to have teeth pulled because they are cracked, rotting or otherwise can’t be saved. When that happens, your Stoney Creek dentist will discuss options for replacing the teeth that have to be pulled out. If you don’t select to have any procedures done, it could cause your remaining teeth to shift and fill in the gap because there is now that extra space in your mouth. When it comes to your options, many people choose to either have an implant put in or get a bridge. If you aren’t sure which option is right for you, here are the details of each to help you determine what’s best.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is exactly what it sounds like. This option includes replacing the underlying structure of the tooth – where the roots would be – with a titanium post. Over a certain period of time, the bone of your jaw will grow around the post and help secure it in place. When enough bone growth has occurred, your dentist will put a crown over the post that looks exactly like a real tooth.
Benefits of an dental implant
A dental implant is a permanent solution for missing teeth. If you decide to go with this option, it will be just as though you still have your original tooth. In addition to feeling natural, a high-quality implant is expected to last decades with proper care and maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about replacing them every so often.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge has a few options as well. You can choose to have a permanent bridge or a removable one (also known as a partial denture). A dental bridge is an appliance that is affixed to the teeth surrounding the tooth or teeth you had pulled. If you decide to go with a bridge, your dentist can shave down the surrounding teeth and place permanent caps on them to support the bridge. If the bridge isn’t permanent, then the caps will just fit over your existing teeth when you have the appliance in.
Benefits of a dental bridge
A dental bridge can be beneficial if you have multiple teeth missing, and don’t have the option for multiple implants. Also, it can be a more budget-friendly option for those who may not have dental insurance or have minimal coverage.
Overall, your Stoney Creek dentist can recommend the option that is best for you. A dental implant could be a little more uncomfortable in the beginning as it involves putting a titanium post into your jaw, but it will be less maintenance over the lifetime of your dental needs. A bridge will be easier upfront but require more maintenance over its lifetime and may even need to be replaced at some point.
If you have questions about implants and bridges, contact us today at Stoney Creek Dental to set up an appointment. Your dentist will talk with you to make sure you’re making the best choice for you.