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  • By Dr. Ron Lo DDS

Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges

Dental treatment options for missing teeth and understanding what works best for you:

Missing teeth can host many health concerns. Fortunately, thanks to the advancement in medical technology in today’s day and age, there are many options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. The most popular treatments to address missing teeth are dental implants and dental bridges.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is usually made from titanium and is fitted well in place of the missing tooth. An impermanent shield is screwed on the implant to fix it to the jawbone. The entire process can take up to six months but these implants are highly durable. After the process is done, the shield is replaced by a temporary crown, helping the gum grow naturally. Finally, the temporary crown is replaced by a permanent crown.

What is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges fill the gap between the teeth where missing teeth were once located. Dental bridges do not replace the root of the tooth. Instead, the bridge between the two or more teeth is used to fix the crown, filling up the space of the missing tooth/teeth.

It’s not a long process when compared to the dental implant procedure. However, it requires the permanent modification of adjacent teeth that are used to support the bridge. The modification may involve the filling of the teeth to better support the bridge.

Some common pointers to remember

  • Dental implants are advised for adolescents and adults when bone growth and formation is complete, but it’s best to get an X-ray or CT scan to evaluate bone density leading up to the implantation procedure.

  • People that are smokers or suffer from diabetes, cancer, or periodontal diseases may need additional treatments in addition to the implementation.

  • While opting for a dental bridge procedure, it is important to have the quality and strength of the supporting teeth checked beforehand.

Picking the right treatment:

It is best to speak to a dentist for a complete and thorough evaluation of your dental health, what procedures to undertake, and the costs involved. It is important to find the right dentist who can provide you with the right treatment for your missing tooth. A visit to the dentist at least twice a year is crucial to your overall oral health, and it involves cleaning, check-ups, and general treatment. If you’re experiencing any dental issues, make an appointment with your dentist. They can look at the health of your teeth and check for potential problems. A professional dental care expert will clean your teeth and conduct a thorough examination. They may check for teeth sensitivity, and they might also order an X-ray on your teeth to diagnose if you have any dental problems such as impacted wisdom teeth or cavities.

If you are concerned about your oral health or thinking of getting a regular dental check-up done, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience for your dental needs. Preserve your natural smile today!

For more information about impacted wisdom teeth and the problems, consult our team of professionals. They can help you address any missing teeth and develop a treatment plan best suited to your needs. Schedule an appointment with the team today.

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