In today’s world, there are many treatment options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. As millions of Americans have at least one missing tooth and a smaller number are missing them all, these treatments become more and more important. Two options to choose from are bridges and dental implants and as your qualified dentist, Dr. Brand wants you to have the information you need to choose the right ones for you.What Is a Bridge?
A bridge is used to fill in the space between two missing teeth. In this procedure, it is often necessary to shave down the sides of the two teeth surrounding the bridge. Once the bridge is placed, a cap is placed on top to replace any missing teeth.
Bridges are considered one of the most affordable ways to replace missing teeth. They also don’t require bone grafts and are a quick process for replacing teeth. The major disadvantage to bridges is that they place strain on the surrounding teeth which are attached to the device.What Is a Dental Implant?
Implants are small titanium rods that are placed in the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. Once the bone and the rod have healed together through a process called osseointegration, an abutment is placed, and a crown is attached to the abutment.
Implants place little to no stress on the surrounding structures and promote the healing of gums and bone. They are also easier on the jaw in the long term. A properly placed implant may last a lifetime. The downside of implants is that they are more expensive than other treatment options. When the cost is figured over a lifetime, they may be less expensive because they don’t often require replacement.What Is Right for You?
At Dental Implants of Ocala, we are happy to help you choose which tooth replacement option works best for your mouth, your budget and your lifestyle. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.