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Dental Bridges or Dental Implants

9 July,2019

Dental Bridges or Dental Implants

Which are Better - Dental Implants or Bridges?

Dental techniques and technology has advanced significantly in the past few decades, giving dentists near you more options for addressing problems like tooth loss. If you have lost one or more teeth, you can choose from a dental bridge, dental implant, or even natural-looking dentures to restore function and smile.

Which is the Right Solution for You?

Each of the solutions have pros and cons and may work for different situations. Price may be a major issue, or comfort or longevity. You’ll want to discuss all the options with one of our local dentists to find the solution that fits your unique needs including your goals for a better smile and your bank account. Don’t forget that sometimes your health plan will cover some of the costs of this treatment. Check with our front office to see what would be covered.

Dental Implants

An implant is an artificial tooth root that’s placed surgically placed in your jaw bone and then left to heal. As the implant heals, gains strength and stability, it provides a stable base for the restoration, which is normally a porcelain crown.

Many consider dental implants to be the healthiest restoration solution because the artificial root helps to prevent deterioration of the jaw bone in your jaw. When you lose a tooth, there is always a risk of jaw bone loss, so this solution will certainly address that risk.

Fixed Dental Bridges

A bridge is a dental prosthetic that is placed in the space where a tooth used to exist. It’s supported between two teeth. It’s usually made of three pieces: a pontic, which is an artificial tooth that sits in the space, along with two crowns on either side that are used to anchor the pontic on either side.

When you have a bridge, we’ll have to alter the structure of both anchor teeth to accommodate the crowns. Now you have essentially a 3 tooth solution to replace one missing tooth. Bridges tend to be more affordable and are a popular choice for those dealing with tooth loss.

Make an Informed Decision for Your Replacement Tooth

When you’re ready to sit down and discuss your options to replace a missing tooth, and are not sure if a bridge or implant is the best choice, call one of our helpful staff and set up an appointment to meet with one of our tooth replacement dentists. We will be happy to explain the pros and cons of each so you can make a confident and informed decision about your treatment.

Learn more about the benefits of dental implants here.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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Caring for your health and safety during these difficult times

 

Your health and safety is always our number one priority, so we are taking additional precautions while caring for you during COVID-19.

A thorough screening process is currently in place to keep patients and staff safe. With these measures in place, we can now conduct routine and emergency dental care for all new and existing patients.

Strict infection guidelines have always been adhered to in our practice, however we have introduced additional precautions, including:

  • Social distancing in the waiting room
  • Hand sanitizer provided on entry to the practice
  • Temperature testing on arrival
  • Minimal additional guests allowed. We allow patients only, with the exception of one parent to children’s appointments, or if a companion is needed to translate.
  • Pre-treatment rinsing. The rinse contains hydrogen peroxide which kills COVID-19.
  • Use of Rubber Dam where feasible
  • Increased decontamination procedures conducted throughout the day

To maintain patient safety and strict infection control measures we are constantly monitoring and modifying regular workflows.
If you have any questions, please speak to our friendly staff for more information.

Thank you for your understanding.

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