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What is the difference between dental implants and dental bridges?

We can replace one or more missing teeth with dental bridges and dental implants. Our dentists in Tecumseh will help you to choose the treatment option that best fits your specific oral health needs. 

What are dental bridges?

Aptly named, these fixed dental appliances literally "bridge" the gap left by missing teeth. Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Since they are permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap, they can only be safely removed by a dentist - unlike dentures. Bridges are also referred to as "permanent partial dentures". 

How to care for your dental bridges

Once your dental bridge has been installed, you can treat it in the same way that you would treat your natural teeth. Your bridge should last for many years if you maintain it properly with regular brushing and flossing. You should also continue to see your dentist on a regular basis.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium rod that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone to serve as an artificial tooth root. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Titanium is a type of metal that has the ability to form bonds with natural bone, making it a secure and stable foundation for an artificial tooth. A dental crown (cap) is then placed on top of the implant to serve as the artificial tooth replacement.

When used together, the dental crown and implant have a very similar appearance and feel to a natural tooth.

How to care for your dental implants

Like with bridges, you should take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth. This includes a strong brushing and flossing routine, and regular visits to the dentist.

How do I know which option is right for me?

Dental implants and dental bridges both have their advantages, and the best option for any given person will depend on that person's oral health needs as well as his or her financial situation.

The placement of dental implants is significantly more invasive than the placement of dental bridges. However, dental implants can often appear and feel more natural than dental bridges.

In addition, for the dental implant procedure to be successful, you must have a sufficient volume of jaw bone. If you don't have enough bone in your jaw, you may still be able to get an implant, but you would need to undergo a bone grafting procedure first to ensure that the implant could be supported. As a result, the implant process would take longer and be somewhat more invasive.

At the end of the day, the only way to determine which tooth replacement option is best for you is to consult with your dentist. Dental bridges and dental implants are just two of the restorative dental services we offer. 

Our Tecumseh dentists will discuss your tooth replacement options with you and will assist you in selecting the most appropriate option for your dental health needs. Get in touch today for a consultation!

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