Dental Implants and Bridges
People with missing teeth are often self-conscious and want to hide their laugh and smile, giving them lower self-esteem. Missing teeth can also be terrible for your oral health because there is nothing to keep food particles and bacteria out of your gums. With dental implants or bridges, you can fill in that empty space with a natural looking and functioning crown. At Bright Smiles Family Dentistry, we strive to give our Marble Falls, TX patients back their confidence with a smile they will want to show off.
Dental bridges use three attached crowns to fill in the place of a missing tooth. The two outside crowns are attached to the teeth on each side of the gap while the middle crown sits comfortably in the empty space. In order for the outside crowns to attach to your teeth, they will need to be filed down to make room for the crown. Because your teeth are filed down to ensure proper bonding, it is essential to have crowns attached at all times to avoid decay. Bridges are designed to last a lifetime with proper care and dental hygiene.
Dental implants are placed directly into the bone where the missing tooth used to be. Because they are placed into the bone, implants will be stable, keep the bone from deteriorating over time, and won’t require surrounding teeth to be damaged. Once the implant is in place, a crown will be attached to it to take the place of the missing tooth. Like bridges, they look and function like a natural tooth. Implants are also supposed to last a lifetime if they are maintained properly.
Choosing Between Implants and Bridges
While bridges are often more affordable than implants and are much less invasive, implants have a few more benefits than bridges. The main benefits are that surrounding healthy teeth won’t need to be filed and damaged in order to provide stability to the crown and that the implant will trick your jawbone into thinking a tooth is there so it doesn’t deteriorate. It can be difficult to decide which procedure will fit your needs so if you would like to know more about implants, bridges, and crowns, please contact our office today!