Should I get a tooth bridge or implant?
At Brisbane Dental Implant Group we recommend getting an implant-supported bridge or single dental implant treatment
A traditional dental bridge is where two dental crowns are fused to a false tooth. This treatment requires shaving down two healthy teeth and placing crowns on these to anchor the false tooth. While this is an effective tooth replacement method, there is a better option for you and your oral health.
Why implant-supported treatment is better for your oral health
Implant-supported treatments are better for your oral health because they look after the whole tooth. A traditional bridge replaces the part of the tooth above the gum line and requires two healthy teeth to be shaved down.
A dental implant should not cause any harm to your existing teeth and provides support to your gums and jaw. This is because the dental implant, made from biocompatible titanium, is surgically inserted at the site of the missing tooth root. Over time your jaw fuses with the implant providing a strong, sturdy and healthy tooth-root replacement.
When you chew the pressure from biting stimulates jawbone growth, when you lose a tooth you lose a little bit of this stimulation and your jawbone starts to shrink away. The teeth on either side of the gap start to shift in an attempt to fill the gap left by the missing tooth.
A dental implant replaces the tooth root and then either a dental crown or bridge replaces the visible part of the tooth giving you a whole tooth replacement.
Replacing multiple teeth
If you are missing a few teeth or even if you’re missing a whole row of teeth there are implant-supported options which provide support for your jaw while giving you the ability to eat and chew as normal. Because your restorations are anchored with implants you don’t have to worry about dentures slipping and sliding around, and you don’t have to worry about dental adhesives.
The risk of dental implant failure is incredibly low and the dental implant can be permanent unless you suffer from gum disease. More specifically peri-implantitis: this is, essentially, gum disease for dental implants. The prosthetic tooth—dental crown, bridge or denture—will last around 10 to 15 years depending on how well you look after it.
So—tooth bridge or implant?
For your oral health we would recommend an implant-supported dental bridge. However, as everyone’s situation and oral health is different; the best way to answer this is by visiting Brisbane Dental Implant Group. We can examine your oral health and determine what the best option for you is.
If you would like to know more about how Brisbane Dental Implant Group can help you, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.