Dental Implants vs. Bridges in Lakewood Ranch, FL
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Implants vs. Bridges
If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, it is important to determine the best way to replace them. Replacing missing teeth will restore your confidence and prevent further issues like shifting of teeth, difficulty speaking, change in bite, a risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. The two most popular options for replacing missing teeth are dental implants and dental bridges. Which option is best for you?
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. The post is inserted into the jawbone and supports a natural-looking dental crown. The post must fuse with the jawbone so it is firmly anchored in position. Once this process is complete, an abutment is attached to the post. An “abutment” is the structure that supports the crown. The dental crown is then screwed or cemented to the abutment. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap that is created due to tooth loss. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.
To find out which option is best for you, call Smiles at Lakewood Ranch today at 941-216-3803 and schedule a consultation.
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Abutment and Placement
Most implants have three pieces: the implant that goes in your bone, the abutment (or connector) that holds the tooth, and the crown tooth that attaches to the abutment. The crown is shaped like a tooth and made to look like the others around it so that it is not obviously false. Abutments are made of different materials, most commonly titanium, but they can also be made of gold or zirconia. A special type of dental cement is used to keep the crown attached to the abutment. Well made dental implants have a very tight connection between the implant and the abutment. This is important for the long-term maintenance of your bone around the implant.
Esteem Dental Implants
Esteem Dental Implants are a state-of-the-art, full-mouth bridge procedure performed by highly trained and certified doctors who deliver compassionate care every step of the way. Esteem can change your life in as little as one day, empowering you with the healthy smile you have always envisioned.
Are you frustrated with the look of your smile? Implant restoration offers a permanent solution that can fix even the trickiest tooth. Even if you are dedicated to your oral health, problems can always occur. Restoring your smile not only improves your appearance and oral health, but it can also prevent discomfort.
Implants vs. Bridges
Dental implants are the next best thing to your healthy, natural teeth. Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth when implanted by your dentist. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
A bridge is a restoration for two or more missing teeth in a row. Common restorations like fixed bridges or removable partials can cause the surrounding bone to weaken because they are dependent on adjacent teeth for support. However, implant-supported bridges integrate with the natural bone, providing a much stronger and more natural restoration.
A dental crown is a restoration that replaces the top part of the tooth. A single tooth that needs to be completely replaced can be restored utilizing an implant-supported crown. The crown is typically made of porcelain, giving the restoration a natural look.
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture (a removable partial denture or a complete denture that covers and rests on one or more remaining natural teeth, the roots of natural teeth, and/or dental implants) that is supported by, and attached to, implants. A regular denture rests on the gums and is not supported by implants.
Individual Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line to replace the tooth's root. It is then topped with a crown after healing to provide the appearance of a natural, healthy tooth. If you're considering implants, you must have healthy gums and a jaw bone that is strong enough to secure and support the post.
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