Of all the natural structures within our bodies, our teeth are quite a marvel of biology. Teeth endure extreme forces when we bite and chew, especially considering the solidness of the foods we regularly eat.
But even the most durable form can suffer accidental damage; cracks, chips, and fractures in teeth are common.
And when teeth become damaged, Drs. Jason Justison and Mark Gladnick, your dentists in Wilmington, DE, will help you repair or replace them depending on what’s best for you and your smile goals, including which type of restoration you should choose.
When Is a Tooth Implant Better Than a Bridge?
When addressing missing teeth, you need to consider two factors. One is how many teeth require replacement, and the second is the location of those missing teeth. Your dentist may recommend a different restoration for a molar than for a front tooth.
These combinations will go a long way towards determining whether an implant or a bridge is your best option. Let’s begin with just one tooth anywhere in your mouth.
A single missing tooth is very common among adults. The American College of Prosthodontists estimates 120 million Americans have lost at least one tooth. With one lost tooth, the good news is that you have many options depending on the tooth you need to replace. But in most instances, a dental implant has the most advantages.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that mimics the overall structure of your natural tooth. It has three parts: an artificial root or dental implant post, an abutment, and a crown. The artificial root consists of titanium, and your dentist will surgically insert it into your jawbone to create a solid anchor, though it may take a few weeks to be ready for the rest.
On top of the root, the implant abutment attaches the titanium screw and part three, the crown. This part of the implant mimics your old tooth for a consistent appearance and function. So for a single missing tooth in look, process, and permanence, an implant is great, while the main drawbacks are the cost and time required.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
While a dental implant replaces a tooth, patients missing one or more adjacent teeth may benefit from a dental bridge in Wilmington. This restoration attaches to your adjacent, healthy teeth to support the prosthetic teeth and fill the space. Because bridges don’t have an artificial root, they avoid undergoing the implant process. Also, since one appliance replaces multiple teeth, a dental bridge can be more cost-effective and will likely be ready faster.
Every Smile in Wilmington, DE is Unique
If you’re living with a missing tooth or teeth, you have many options and combinations of options that you should explore. We welcome your questions and are happy to set up a consultation with the exam to help you make the best choice. So give us a call today.