Unfortunately, not everyone will make it through life with all their teeth intact. The cumulative effects of sports injuries, car accidents, poor eating habits, and gum disease can be unforgiving. Sometimes, these teeth are never restored using prosthetics or dental implants. This can be a perilous choice because missing teeth can cause serious oral health complications? These include:
- Difficulty chewing
- Bite misalignment
- Speech issues
- Bone loss in the face and jaw
- Appearance of premature aging
In addition, multiple studies have shown that missing teeth are linked to depression and anxiety, a lack of self-confidence, and missed job opportunities.
Modern dentistry offers effective solutions for tooth loss. Dr. Julie Kardon, a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, provides high-quality, gentle dental care to those seeking to replace their missing teeth. Two of the most effective options are dental bridges and dental implants. Continue reading to learn about these effective and cosmetically pleasing options.
Traditional Dental Bridge
This tooth replacement option is very common and trusted by dentists. The dental bridge is comprised of one or more false teeth (pontics) that are supported by two neighboring dental crowns. Some dental bridges use one crown that is fitted to a neighboring abutment tooth. These restorations literally bridge the gap in your smile.
There are three types of bridges that are designed to address various oral health needs: Traditional, Cantilever, and Maryland. Each prosthetic holds pontics that are made of porcelain fused to metal, ceramic, or metal.
The benefits of dental bridges include:
- Improved eating and chewing ability
- Reduced risk of bone loss
- A shorter treatment time (about two to three weeks)
- Easy maintenance
- Restored oral function
- Cost-savings over dental implants
Although dental bridges are a highly sought-after and successful treatment, there are a few disadvantages, such as:
- Enamel must be removed from the abutment teeth to be placed.
- The area underneath the pontic may be at a higher risk for trapping food.
- Bridges typically don’t last as long as dental implants.
This non-surgical option is perfect for patients seeking a more affordable and quick solution. Dr. Kardon will discuss which bridge and material will work best for your specific needs.
Dental implants are extremely durable and long-lasting. This treatment also requires multiple visits to your Cherry Hill dental office. During the procedure, the lost tooth root is replaced with a titanium post that is anchored and naturally fuses to the jawbone over time. Once your jaw has fully healed, a dental crown on the implant via a small metal attachment known as an abutment. With a 95 percent success rate, it’s no wonder implants have become a popular treatment for missing teeth.
Other advantages of dental implants include:
- Minimal maintenance
- Natural-looking and feeling results
- Prevention of jawbone loss
- Preservation of adjacent teeth
Dental implants require oral surgery, and they are more expensive than dental bridges. Many dentists and patients believe the time and cost are worth it because dental implants can last for a lifetime.
Contact Your Cherry Hill Dental Team Today
The best way to decide which tooth replacement option is right for you is to discuss your treatment options with a trusted dental professional. Dr. Kardon is highly recommended because of the high-quality care, compassion, and honesty she offers her patients. Begin your journey to restored oral health and a beautiful smile by contacting us today at 856-667-1001.