Tooth Replacement: Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges

So you’ve lost a tooth from an accident, collision, or lack of flossing. The reason for a lost tooth isn’t as important as what to do next.  For permanent tooth replacement options, you have two choices: either a dental implant or a dental bridge. Your Greensboro Dentist is here to give you more information about each option to help with your decision.

Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth. A titanium dental implant is placed in your jaw in the empty tooth socket, and then a false tooth is attached to the implant via an “abutment.” The end result is a normal, healthy looking tooth that will last for a very long time and perform better than a regular tooth because it won’t corrode or decay. Because of this, dental implants have revolutionized the replacement of missing teeth. Always be sure to work with a trusted, quality dentist to provide state-of-the-art implant dentistry to replace the missing tooth.

This tooth replacement procedure can be off-putting to some patients because of the metal implant. There is also a very slight chance the implant will not integrate well with your body. However, these chances are very slim, and we always follow up with you after the procedure to be sure all is well. During your treatment, we walk you through what to expect following your dental implant procedure including aftercare to support the longevity of the implant.

Dental Bridges For Tooth Replacement

Dental bridges are false teeth that are attached to its neighboring tooth on either side. Think of them like very large veneers. The false tooth or teeth are attached to the edges of the remaining teeth with dental cement creating a bridge across the gap made by the missing tooth. It’s important to protect the remaining tooth structure with proper aftercare.

A dental bridge is initially cheaper than a dental implant for tooth replacement, but there are more potential problems with a bridge than with an implant. The tooth socket isn’t filled which leaves it open for potential infection or jawbone degradation. It’s not a major concern, but it is one thing to look out for and consider. Proper dental bridge aftercare is important and quality tooth replacement experts help you protect your teeth from tooth decay causing infections. Both dental implants and dental bridges require time after the procedure to allow the tissues to heal properly. 

Replacements for missing teeth give you your smile back and promote long-term dental health. If you need a tooth replacement in Greensboro, NC and want more information, let us know! We are always here and ready to determine the best treatment option to restore your missing tooth. From initial consultations to aftercare, we want to work with you to support your new teeth.