After tooth loss, many adults struggle with both the look of their incomplete smiles, and the function of them, as well. After all, it can be difficult to obtain proper nutrition when one or several teeth are missing. It can even be difficult to smile confidently, knowing that one’s smile is incomplete. So, unlike the joy children often experience after losing their first tooth, marking a rite of passage, many adults instead feel frustrated and embarrassed at the loss of a tooth or teeth. Even after receiving dental prostheses, some patients still struggle with the look and function of their smiles. Fortunately, dental bridges and dental implants offer more stable ways to address tooth loss than unsupported dentures, allowing patients to enjoy increased confidence as they chew, and as they smile.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?
One way to stabilize a replacement tooth, including a partial denture, is through the use of a dental bridge. A bridge relies on crowns, which can be affixed to remaining, healthy teeth, to help secure a replacement tooth in place.
This bridge creates more stability than an unsupported prosthetic, yet it is still a fast way of completing the smile after tooth loss.
Dental Implants Are Considered the Most Permanent Prostheses
For even more stability, a dental implant can be used. Implants are created by surgically inserting a piece used to mimic a healthy tooth root directly into the jaw. Because this piece is made from a highly biocompatible material, titanium, the soft tissue can then grown directly around it, creating an incredibly stable and natural-feeling way to anchor a replacement tooth.