IS IT BETTER TO DENTAL IMPLANTS OR BRIDGEWORK?
It’s unfortunate to think that any of us will go through our lives with our natural set of teeth. Losing teeth later on in our lives can be common as our mouths go through trauma, decay and maybe even gum disease.
It can be traumatic as it leaves us feeling negative about our appearance, the functionality of our teeth and generally knocks our confidence. As a result, patients opt to have dental solutions to help recover their smiles. This tends to include dental implants or bridgework as they both address the issue of losing missing teeth.
What are dental implants?
Sometimes, teeth can be lost because the bone structure can no longer support the tooth. In order for it to be restored, a dental implant can be a solution for you. It involves titanium implants being inserted into your gum to replace the gum.
Once they’re placed into your mouth, your dentist assesses it to ensure the tissue has moulded around the tooth before placing a porcelain crown on the top, effectively replacing your natural tooth. This is then sealed into place.
Advantages of dental implants
– Supporting gum and bone structure is encouraged to heal around the implant
– Protects the surrounding teeth
– Reduces long term risks to the jaw
– Considered a long-lasting solution to missing teeth
– Can be quite costly
– Takes time for your mouth to heal fully
– Treatment requires several months
What happens with dental bridgework?
A dental bridge involves a dental bridge being placed between the teeth where the gap lies in the mouth. If needed, the two teeth that are on opposing sides of the gap may need to be shaved down for the bridge to fit.
A dental cap or crown is then placed over each of the teeth before the bridge is placed. In cases where teeth aren’t present on either side of the gap, a cantilever bridge is used where it’s placed on one tooth, and the bridge hangs over the gap.
Advantages of a dental bridgework
– Can be quite cost-effective compared to other treatments
– A relatively quick solution
– Doesn’t require bone grafting
– The surrounding teeth can be strained, causing stress on them and potential damage
– Considered a short term solution
– Doesn’t address the underlying bone structure, potentially causing longer-term issues
What option is best for you?
The best way you can decide which option is best for you is to discuss your issues with your local dentist. Various options can be considered for each, including All on 4 dental implants, single implants, or multiple implants.
Seeing you in person and assessing your teeth provides your dentist the opportunity to look into your current situation before providing you with the options available to you.