Looking to recover after the loss of a tooth or teeth? It can be difficult to get back to normal when your smile still looks and feels incomplete. Thankfully, modern restorative dentistry provides a number of ways for rebounding, including dental bridges and dental implants, which have both become popular forms of prosthetic dentistry. Each offers unique benefits, and both can be much more stable than dentures. If you’d like to complete your smile cosmetically and functionally, after tooth loss, your restorative dentist can help.
Understanding Your Prosthetic Options
While dentures, both partial and full, are still popular forms of prosthetic dentistry, they’re hardly the only option for completing a smile after tooth loss or extraction.
Dental bridges use crowns affixed to teeth adjacent to a missing one, in order to bridge the gap created and to securely anchor a replacement tooth in place. This is a wonderful option when a patient is only missing one or two teeth, especially if the surrounding teeth are in good health.
Once placed, a dental bridge offers a stable way to talk and chew. Plus, the resulting restoration is natural looking.
Dental implants are another stable form of prosthetic dentistry. However, they are considered even more permanent, because of how they’re anchored into place. Dental implants involve securing a replacement tooth to a titanium post, which is first surgically inserted into the jawline. This post helps to maintain a person’s jaw structure and health, by helping to supply nutrients to the jaw.
Since the replacement tooth can be affixed to the post using a connector piece, this makes for an incredibly stable prosthetic.