There are two main ways that dentists recommend fixing a gap or a tooth or two missing: dental bridges and dental implants. While these both serve a similar purpose, filling in where teeth used to be, they are very unique procedures. Below are some differences to help you determine which may be best for you, although consulting with a dentist in person is the best way to make your decision.
Dental bridges are great for fixing gaps and missing teeth. They are made to “bridge the gap” of a missing tooth. It’s basically two crowns on each end of the bridge connected by false tooth/teeth that fits in the place of the missing tooth/teeth. The crowns fit over existing teeth to anchor the bridge in place. This can lead to a very natural looking smile without anything being inserted into the gums, which is best for those who may suffer from gum issues. However, you need teeth on either side that can be used to hold the fixed bridge in place.
As opposed to dental bridges, dental implants refer to the rooting of a “post” (made of titanium) into the jaw bone. This creates a very permanent replacement for a missing tooth, and it does not rely on other teeth like the fixed bridge. Although dental implants are generally the best option when you have a single tooth missing, not everyone should choose them. If you have unhealthy gums, weak gum bones, or certain other health issues, dental implants might not be for you.
If you are missing teeth, regardless of the cause, you can be doing more damage to your oral health the longer you leave the space untreated. Dental implants and bridges can help ensure the health of your gums and the surrounding teeth while also maintaining the aesthetics of your smile. Whether you need a bridge to cover a number of missing teeth or a gap, or a single dental implant, Serenity Dental will give you the best care and advice possible.