Dental implants and bridges are not just cosmetic dentistry. They are designed to restore the natural, beautiful smile you want to show off. Dr. Judy Strutz recommends dental implants if you have one or more lost teeth and want a permanent option to replace the absent tooth. A bridge can also be used if you have missing teeth in order to ‘bridge’ the gap and replace the missing tooth. Both options provide you with a cosmetically beautiful smile.
An implant is a titanium rod that is placed in the bone. When an implant is placed, a crown is placed over it in order to hold it in place. Dr. Judy Strutz states, “Once an implant is placed and secure, it will act like a natural tooth.” It is critical that you brush and floss your teeth once the implant is fully healed as periodontal disease can occur around the tooth. The rod and the jaw bone will bond together, and your new cosmetically beautiful smile can be shown to the world.
“A bridge is secured to other teeth,” says Dr. Strutz. It will fill in the gap between the two teeth and feel natural. A fixed bridge does not move or come out after you eat. One of the concerns of a bridge can be that you are not able to floss between the replaced tooth and the ones the bridge are attached to.
No mater the cosmetic procedure you choose, a bridge or a dental implant can provide you with the smile you are looking for.