If you have missing teeth or teeth that need to be removed, then you need to consider which tooth replacement options from an Edmonton dentist might be right for you. Dental bridges and dental implants offer two of the best solutions. At Azarko Dental Group, our Edmonton dental clinic provide patients with dental implants or dental bridges depending on their unique needs and wants. To find out which one is better for you, it can help to learn about how bridges and implants work.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are an affordable and effective method for replacing missing teeth. This type of dental prosthetic is known as a "bridge" because it bridges the gap left by one or more teeth, replacing it with one or more false teeth. To create a bridge, an Edmonton dentist uses the natural teeth adjacent to the gap as anchors for the replacement teeth.
The bridge is cemented into place, and can last for as long as 10 years with the proper care. The replacement teeth function just like natural teeth, helping to restore speaking ability, chewing ability, and the appearance of one's smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants from an Edmonton dental clinic also replace a missing tooth with a false tooth, but in a very different manner. The "implant" part of a dental implant is actually a titanium root which is inserted into or otherwise attached to the jawbone. The titanium root essentially replaces a natural tooth root. The false tooth which is then attached to the titanium root looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth as well, with the added bonus that it is not vulnerable to tooth decay.
Dental implants are easy to clean and therefore very easy to maintain. The titanium component of a dental implant can last a lifetime. Only the crown itself will need replacement after about 15 years.
Which One Should You Choose?
Many people prefer dental implants for their longevity and natural feel and function. Also, while dental bridges sometimes require the shape of the adjacent abutment teeth to be altered, dental implants don't affect the abutment teeth at all. In fact, dental implants provide fantastic support to the surrounding teeth and to other facial structures.
On the other hand, dental implants are more expensive and are not a feasible option for everyone. They also require surgery, while bridges do not. Furthermore, people with certain health conditions are not good candidates for dental implants. An Edmonton dentist can let you know which option you are personally best suited for.
At Azarko Dental Group we are committed to matching all of our patients with the best tooth replacement option for them. If you'd like to know whether you are a good candidate for your preferred option, just contact our dental clinic today.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8