Losing a tooth can trigger many emotions; you may feel sad because you’ve lost a part of yourself, and you’re embarrassed by the gap in your smile. Your confidence plummets, and you feel so self-conscious that you don’t even want to open your mouth around others.
Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the inconveniences of a missing tooth. Today, with options like dental implants, bridges, and dentures, there’s a solution for anyone who’s missing one or more teeth.
Maybe you’ve heard that getting dental implants in Hershey, PA are an excellent option, but you also know that a dental bridge is another possibility. So which is right for you?
Benefits of Dental Implants vs. Bridges
A dental bridge, also referred to as a fixed partial, is a three-piece unit that requires the support of adjacent teeth for stability.
A dental implant, on the other hand, is a standalone prosthetic that replaces the entire tooth – from root to crown.
An implant restores the aesthetics and function of your smile and outperforms dental bridges in three important ways:
- A permanent solution – An implant is a tiny titanium post that is placed surgically in your jaw. As it heals, it fuses with the bone and tissue around it and becomes a permanent part of your dental anatomy. A dental bridge is not rooted in your jaw so you may need to replace it several times in your lifetime.
- Promotes healthy bone – Since a dental implant acts like a natural tooth root, it stimulates the regeneration of bone in your jaw. A dental bridge has no root to continue this process, and over time, the bone in your jaw will resorb (shrink) back into your body. Jaw bone loss can lead to further oral health problems, including additional tooth loss.
- Preserves tooth structure – A dental implant is a one-tooth-solution for a one-tooth problem because it doesn’t involve alteration of healthy adjacent teeth. On the other hand, a dental bridge is a two-tooth solution for a one-tooth problem. The bridge needs support, so your dentist in Hershey, PA needs to alter the shape and size of healthy anchor teeth on either side.
Call Us to Arrange an Appointment
There’s a lot to consider when deciding to get dental implants. Dr. Wes Davis will be happy to meet with you to discuss your needs and help you weigh your options.
Call us today to get started!