Are you still worried about how your smile will look after prosthetic treatment to deal with the loss of a tooth? Adult tooth loss can be a frustrating and frightening thing. Fortunately, there are now more ways than ever to help complete a smile after the loss of a tooth. So if you don’t want to opt for traditional dentures, consider these more stable options, like dental bridges and dental implants.
Reasons to Consider Dental Bridges
Dental bridges provide more stability than unsupported dentures, allowing many patients to smile and chew more confidently after tooth loss. Dental bridges can also last for many years, thanks to the longevity of porcelain crowns, which are an integral part of a dental bridge.
Bridges do precisely as their name implies, and help to bridge the gap that was created by the tooth loss. Using crowns to anchor a replacement tooth, the bridge creates a stable and natural-looking way to complete a smile.
What Makes Dental Implants Unique?
Dental implants, however, offer even more stability by helping to anchor a replacement tooth with a permanent titanium post, that is used to mimic a healthy tooth root. This post serves to stabilize the replacement tooth, but it also helps ensure the jaw receives nourishment as you eat, the way a tooth root naturally does. In this way, implants are not only the most permanent and stable form of tooth replacement currently available, they also help to preserve the jaw’s structure better and longer than any other forms of prosthodontics.
A dentist can help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, and then discuss the procedure used to place the post, recovery time, and when your smile could be completed.