Montz & Maher Dental Group, family and cosmetic dentists in Pearland, can answer your toothy questions.
Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you researching the various restoration options?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?
If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is important to look at the differences between a dental bridge and a permanent dental implant.
Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of people. However, they have some drawbacks:
- They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem—the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
- It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
- A dental bridge does not prevent bone recession at the extraction site.
Why does a tooth implant have key benefits over a dental bridge?
- It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
- It is usually stronger.
- Will lessen the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
- It is usually easier to keep clean which results in a lower risk of decay.
- They generally last longer.
- Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.
If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your Pearland dentist about all of your dental options. At Montz & Maher Dental Group, we can make sure you are in good health and that your jawbone is strong enough to go through the implant procedure. Some patients need a bone or sinus graft beforehand. For patients who aren’t good candidates for traditional implants, we also offer mini dental implants as a potential alternative option. Call us today to see how you can smile better.
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