If you have one missing tooth or multiple teeth that are missing, it can greatly affect the appearance of your smile, your dental health, and even your general health. For one, gaps between teeth are rather unsightly. In addition, it may be difficult to properly chew certain foods when you are missing even just a single tooth. It should also be noted that your remaining teeth could shift out of place due to the large gap or gaps between teeth, and that bone loss may occur in the area of those gaps.
There are many ways to address the problems associated with a missing tooth or missing teeth. Two of these options are dental implants and dental bridges. Our Boston cosmetic dentist and the entire team here at the practice would like to take a moment right now to compare dental implants and dental bridges and how they can benefit patients.
Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are held in pace by attaching to adjacent teeth and bracing against the existing gum line. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap between your teeth. They are removable and generally easy to clean.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that used to hold artificial teeth in place. Placing Boston dental implants involves oral surgery since the implants need to be anchored into your existing bone and soft tissue structures. Once the dental implants are surgically anchored in place, a period of osseointegration will need to take place to fuse the dental implants with your jaw structures. This period takes a few months, but once complete, your dental implants will be extremely secure.
In general, dental implants are a better choice than removable dental bridges. The dental implants can support a single artificial tooth, dental bridges, or full dentures, and they will help prevent bone loss in the jaw. However, not all people are good candidate for dental implants, in which case, dental bridges are a good choice and quite effective.
For more information on how you can deal with missing teeth and other dental health matters, contact our cosmetic dentistry office in Barre, MA today.