A whole smile is both healthy and attractive. However, tooth loss can endanger both. Losing your teeth can lead to serious complications. However, you have options for restoring your smile to full function and appearance. You can select a common option, such as a dental bridge, or a more advanced one, such as dental implants. How do implants compare to dental bridges?
Don’t Ignore Tooth Loss!
There are complications from tooth loss that you will notice right away, such as issues with your appearance, trouble eating, or difficulty communicating clearly. However, there are also complications developing that may not be as apparent, such as:
- Loss of jawbone tissue following tooth loss, leading to facial collapse
- Misalignment as teeth drift as a result of gaps in the smile
- Strain on the jaw joints, which can cause TMJ disorder and bruxism
If you lose even a single tooth we urge you to contact our office and discuss possible options for replacing missing teeth.
A dental bridge can replace up to three lost teeth in a row. The doctor secures the new teeth by placing crowns on the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The crowns are attached to the replacement teeth. A prosthetic can prevent misalignment and make eating and communication easier. However, they may require replacement or adjustment every 10 to 15 years. The doctor will provide detailed instruction for properly cleaning your new prosthetic.
Unlike bridges, these are surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implant post stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue, preventing facial collapse. Replacing the tooth also helps avoid misalignment and reduces the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism. The implant will bond with the jawbone, securing completely a natural tooth. The restoration on top will look completely lifelike. This option can last a lifetime and only requires the same maintenance as your natural teeth, routine brushing and flossing.