Have you recently lost a tooth or had one extracted? If so, have you begun to explore the prosthetic options available to help complete your smile? While tooth loss might seem like a cosmetic issue, there are several important reasons to complete your smile, from a functional standpoint. First, completing your smile after tooth loss helps prevent remaining teeth from shifting to fill the gap that was created. Secondly, a prosthetic tooth can help restore the function of your smile, allowing you to chew more comfortably and confidently. If you are looking for a prosthetic that will look and feel natural, it is wise to talk to your dentist about the benefits of choosing either a dental bridge or a dental implant.
Dental Bridges Make for Stable Smiles
While unsupported partial and full dentures can be quick solutions for treating tooth loss, they are not as stable as dental bridges. That is because dental bridges are anchored through the use of dental crowns affixed to existing, healthy teeth.
By stabilizing a replacement tooth with these crowns, a bridge creates a more natural-looking and functioning smile than many dentures that are unsupported.
Bridges are also a fast treatment option, though there are compelling reasons to consider dental implants as well.
What Makes Dental Implants Ideal?
Dental implants are considered the most permanent and secure form of smile completion, because only implants are anchored to the smile through the use of a surgically inserted titanium post. This post is biocompatible, which allows the soft tissue to grow directly around it, creating an incredibly stable and natural anchor for a replacement tooth.
Because dental implants require oral surgery and recovery time, before the replacement tooth can be affixed to the post, this is the longest timeframe for prosthetic treatment. However, the results are incredibly long-lasting. In fact, the titanium post is designed to last a lifetime.