August 12, 2018
Thanks to the many advances in dentistry, you don’t have to settle for a single option to replace teeth. Now you can replace single and multiple teeth simultaneously, shortening your overall treatment experience. With that being said, it’s worth it to examine the benefits and costs of two of the most common solutions to replacing teeth: dental implants and 3-unit dental bridges.
Dental implants in Pomona may be a better option for you vs. bridges and vice versa. It truly depends on your needs.
What are the Pros and Cons of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made to replace the tooth roots as well as the crown visible in your smile. They’re designed to integrate with natural bone and gum tissue, which creates a sturdy and long-lasting foundation for people missing teeth. Often seen as the most cost-effective solution, dental implants have success rates as high as 98 percent, even 10 years after initially placed. This success rate often stays high when patients avoid tobacco products, practice daily oral care, and visit their dentist regularly.
The main downside of implants is even though they are cost-effective in the long-term, the upfront cost is the highest you can find for tooth replacement. They also require oral surgery to place and several months of healing to complete, averaging three to six months depending on which tooth is replaced.
What are the Pros and Cons of 3-Unit Dental Bridges?
Instead of relying on implants to hold teeth, dental bridges make use of neighboring teeth to hold the restoration in place. To replace three teeth at a time, a restoration made up of three dental crowns connected to each other is made with the crown on either end hollowed out. This way, the bridge can be fitted on top of natural teeth, effectively filling the gap left behind. This option is generally cheaper than dental implants, requires no oral surgery, and prevents neighboring teeth from shifting just as effectively.
However, dental bridges aren’t guaranteed to last more than 15 years and therefore will require replacement eventually, similar to single dental crowns. They also lack all of the restorative benefits that dental implants provide, such as bone stimulation, blood flow to the tooth, and the fullest biting force possible.
Which Option Should I Choose?
If you’re trying to save money upfront and need to replace multiple teeth, a dental bridge may be the best option for you. However, keep in mind that bridges can also be made to fit with dental implants, giving you the best of both worlds.
If you only need to replace a single tooth and don’t mind the high upfront cost, nor undergoing the long-term healing process necessary for treatment, dental implants are for you. They’re also the most natural feeling option available, so it’s worth considering if you care about creating the most lifelike replacement tooth possible.
Of course, the best way to determine if you should choose implants or a dental bridge in Pomona is by scheduling a consultation today!
About the Author
Dr. Peter Auster has treated hundreds of patients trying to improve and replace missing teeth, including with dental implants and dental bridges. He’s written many articles on tackling some of the most complex reconstruction cases out there, so there’s no case too complicated for him. To learn more about his expertise or practice, you can contact him through his website.
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