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Tooth Replacement: Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges

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Blonde Woman SmilingSo 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.  If you want a more permanent option for tooth replacement, you have two choices: either a dental implant or a dental bridge.  Your Greensboro Dentist is here to let you know a bit more 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.  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, the chances are very slim, and we will check up with you after the procedure to be sure all is well.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are false teeth that are attached to its neighbors. Think of them like very large veneers.  The false tooth, or teeth, are attached to the edges of the remaining teeth with dental cement and creates a bridge across the gap made by the missing tooth.  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 can leave it open for infection or jaw bone degradation.  It’s not a major concern, but it is one thing to look out for.

If you are facing a tooth replacement in Greensboro, NC and want more information, let us know, we’ll be glad to talk over your options and find the right choice for you!

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