Tooth loss has always been a problem that humans have sought to remedy. It has taken many centuries to get to where we are today, and it is hard to imagine technology will get any better. We know it will, but in the meantime, we are pleased to offer patients two options for tooth replacement that restore natural appearance and functional chewing.
Now that patients have two options from which to choose, it is important to know how they differ to discern how to best achieve individual goals in tooth replacement. Here, we want to look at a comparison between dental implants and dental bridge treatment for partial tooth loss.
A Side by Side . . .
We’ll first look at dental bridges because they have been used for a longer period. This method of tooth restoration involves filling a gap between two teeth with a pontic, or tooth made of ceramic material. What keeps the pontic in place is two dental crowns. The three “teeth” are fused during the fabrication process. Then, the entire fixture is seated over the teeth adjacent to space. For these teeth to hold the pontic, they must be reduced before fitting crowns over them.
Dental implants are still relatively new in the grand scheme of dentistry. These fixtures were first used more than fifty years ago, and yet they have only recently picked up steam regarding popularity. A dental implant is an artificial root. It is made of titanium or another biocompatible material. When a tooth is missing, an implant is inserted into the jawbone where the natural root used to be.
Important Points for Tooth Replacement
- A dental bridge is initially less costly than dental implant treatment.
- Dental bridge treatment does not involve oral surgery.
- A bridge places extra stress on supporting teeth.
- Dental implants can last decades without special care.
- By replacing the root, it becomes possible to preserve healthy jawbone structure.
One of the biggest considerations of tooth replacement is how to maximize cost effectiveness. A comparison of costs and longevity is an excellent way to come to the conclusion that works for you. To discuss your treatment options for tooth replacement, call our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000.