Friday, April 17, 2015

3 Ways Fixed Dental Bridges Differ From Dental Implants

Dental bridges and dental implants are two options for replacing missing teeth and fixing and improving your smile. “With so much information out there, we wanted to provide you with the facts so that you can make the most informed decision about your dental care,” says Dr. Judith Strutz. 
  1. A fixed dental bridge replaces one tooth, but impacts two others
A dental bridge can replace a missing tooth which helps improve the cosmetic look of your smile. The bridge is attached to teeth on either side of the missing tooth in order to hold a replacement tooth in place.  An implant is placed in the space where the lost tooth was and a single crown will be used to complete the treatment.
2. When the crown on an implant fails – porcelain chips or cracks, etc you replace one crown, a fixed bridge means fixing three teeth. 
While we never expect it, sometimes porcelain chips or cracks and a crown may need to be replaced. Even though you have one absent tooth, when a bridge is done it will mean redoing all three teeth to repair the missing porcelain. A dental implant, on the other hand, fuses to the jawbone and if there is failure, many times the crown can be easily unscrewed from the implant and a new crown created.
3. An implant is flossed exactly like a tooth. A bridge requires a bit more dexterity. 
Dr. Judith Strutz recommends, “If you struggle to floss your teeth, a bridge may not be the best option for you.” A bridge requires you to maneuver between an appliance, while an implant acts and feels like a regular tooth.  

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