If you find yourself wanting to replace the missing teeth from your smile, you have a few options. The ultimate goal is for you to be happy with the overall appearance of your smile, but which option is better for your unique needs? With dental implants, you face a longer recovery time, but you’re left with a more permanent dental solution. But with the option of a bridge, you can get quick, inexpensive results, but must dedicate more time to long-term maintenance. It’s a personal choice, really, and one we’ll help you make! Holland, PA implant dentist, Dr. Gary Nack has experience with both solutions and is ready to help you determine which option suits you the best. He’s well educated on the pros and cons associated with implants, as well as dental bridges.
If you’re ready to fix your smile with a dental implant or bridge solution, schedule your appointment today with Dr. Nack at our Holland, PA office. We can give you all of facts needed to help you make this important decision. Call 215-364-6540 today.
Before determining which options is best for you, it’s beneficial to understand the basics of a tooth. After all, you’re searching for a solution to a missing tooth—you may as well fully understand what you’re dealing with. Teeth are composed of two main parts: the root of the tooth and the crown. The tooth root sits below the surface of the gum and acts as a base that holds your tooth in proper alignment. On top of the root sits the crown. This is the part of the tooth that you can see. When a crown is plagued with tooth decay, it can be unsightly, but not very painful until the cavity reaches the root. An implant replaces both parts of the tooth, whereas a bridge replaces just the crown.
Dental implants are more expensive than bridges, however they are permanent, so you shouldn’t have to worry about any future complications. Holland, PA implant dentist, Dr. Nack will begin this procedure by placing a biocompatible titanium base into your jawbone. This may sound painful, however it will allow you to maintain healthy bone under the implant. After the base is implanted into your jawbone, you will need about 4-6 months to fully recover. During this time, your jaw should accept the base and heal properly. When the healing is complete, Dr. Nack will then place a tooth-colored crown over the top of the base.
After this two-part procedure is complete, you will have a fully functioning replacement tooth. You’ll never have to worry about the tooth again, because Dr. Nack will have given you a natural-looking and feeling prosthetic tooth. You shouldn’t experience any difficulty eating or speaking once your implant has been placed. This is a permanent option, so there won’t be any shifting or slipping of the replacement tooth within your mouth.
When you settle on the bridge option, it’s important to understand that you will also be receiving two crowns over the healthy teeth next to your gap. In order to place the bridge, Dr. Nack will need to place two porcelain crowns on the teeth surrounding the missing section. These crowns will create an attachment sight for the bridge. It doesn’t matter if the surrounding teeth are healthy or have some tooth decay, Dr. Nack can still attach the crowns, as long as there is not extensive untreated decay. (If there is a deep cavity, Dr. Nack will have to determine whether a root canal can save the tooth before a bridge can be attempted.) This option will produce quicker results than a dental implant, however it will require more long-term maintenance in the future. An appealing aspect of the bridge option is that it’s initially less expensive than the implant option.
With either option, you will solve the problem caused by the missing tooth or teeth. You should regain the freedom to eat whatever you choose and shouldn’t experience any shifting or slipping from either option.