Would you choose Dental Implants or Bridgework?
Dental Implants vs. Bridgework; Make your choice! When you need to replace a missing tooth, there are two general alternatives to consider: You can choose traditional bridgework, or select the newer option of dental implants (Click here to see more information). Both offer a solution that’s reliable, functional, and esthetically pleasing. However, there are a few important differences between the two systems. A fixed bridge is a dental restoration that’s held in place by attachment to the adjacent natural teeth, which are referred to as abutments. The tooth-replacement section — called a “pontic” (after the French word for bridge) — spans the gap. Pontics require attachment to the abutments by either a metal frame, or today, a space age porcelain, to bridge the space from abutment to abutment. The system works well, but there’s a catch: Even a single-tooth replacement requires a three-unit bridge — and healthy adjacent teeth must be “prepared” by removing their enamel, which increases the risk for root canals.
The effects on gums
By contrast, dental implants can be a single-tooth replacement system, with no effect on healthy adjacent teeth. It involves placing a titanium metal implant directly into the living bone of the jaw, in a minor surgical procedure. After a short time, the bone and the dental implants fuse, and a crown restoration is placed on top to complete the prosthetic tooth system. Dental implants don’t decay, and they’re less likely to lead to gum disease than a natural tooth bridge. They also last longer, potentially offering far greater value.
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Contact Dr. Isaac Kahen Kashani today and consult with him. Sensitive decisions need accurate information provided by professionals. Implants are one of our biggest specialties at Lasting Impressions Dental Spa. There are some special implant placements that we do at our office, virtually nobody else may be able to do in the same way, especially because we have so many patented products in our office that only either our specialists or Dr. Isaac Kahen Kashani will use.