When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, usually we recommend two restorative dentistry options for patients to choose from. Dental bridges and dental implants are your two primary tooth replacement options. As your trusted dentist in Lexington, KY, we wanted to provide some additional information on these two options to help our patients make an informed decision on their dental health restoration. Learn more below.
Dental bridges are a cost-effective approach to tooth replacement. A dental bridge utilizes the support of your surrounding teeth to hold a prosthetic tooth in place of a missing tooth. While some enamel will need to be removed from the supporting teeth, this is considered a minimally invasive procedure.
Dental bridges can usually be created within a few weeks for patients, meaning they will have their restoration very quickly compared to the results of a dental implant. However, it’s important to note that the hardware of a dental bridge is completely external. This means that patients will be encouraged to follow certain dietary restrictions if they choose to replace a tooth with a dental bridge.
For example, patients should avoid excessively chewy or crunchy foods to ensure the longevity and maintenance of their dental bridge. Dr. Freano will also need to show patients how to brush and floss around and beneath a dental bridge following application. It’s important to take extra care in your oral hygiene routine when you have a dental bridge as food residue can easily get stuck in the oral appliance. To learn more about our dental bridges, see Dental Bridge.
Dental implants are considered the premier option for tooth replacement. This is because they consistently maintain a high patient-satisfaction rating. Involving a surgical procedure, a dental implant utilizes a titanium post that is placed beneath your soft tissues and allowed to fuse with your jawbone. While the healing process for a dental implant takes longer than that of a dental bridge, once fully-healed, your implant will have tooth-root functionality.
This means no dietary restrictions. Additionally, you won’t have to take any extra oral hygiene precautions once the implant is fully healed. You can care for your dental implant just as you would a natural tooth. Often, patients find that they enjoy the longterm benefits of dental implants and that it is worth the procedure. To learn more about our dental implant services, see Dental Implants.
Are you interested in learning more about your tooth replacement options? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Freano today!