Losing a tooth can impact your life dramatically, and it’s normal to experience emotions like sadness, shame, or embarrassment because of it. Your dentist understands, but don’t spend too much time worrying about tooth loss; today, you have several excellent options to replace missing teeth in Mount Pleasant.
Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, and fixed dental bridges are a time-tested solution for tooth loss. Both can replace a single missing tooth, but which is right for you?
Dental Implants vs. Bridges
A dental bridge is typically a three-piece unit that you may also hear referred to as a fixed partial. There are many cases where a bridge is an excellent option, but the drawback is that it requires the support of adjacent teeth to hold it in place.
By comparison, a dental implant is a standalone option that replaces an entire tooth—from the root in your jaw to the crown that shows when you smile. This fact makes implant dentistry an ideal solution that outperforms a fixed bridge in several ways:
- A permanent fix – An implant is a small titanium post that an oral surgeon places in your jaw, and as it heals, it fuses with bone and tissue, and with proper care, it can remain in place for decades. A dental bridge is not rooted in your jaw and, depending on your age, will possibly need to be replaced several times.
- Prevents bone deterioration – A dental implant consists of a replacement root that stimulates healthy bone regeneration in your jaw. Because a dental bridge doesn't have a root, the jawbone can break down, which can lead to oral health complications, including further tooth loss.
- Preserves tooth structure – A dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement. By comparison, a dental bridge requires your dentist to remove healthy tooth structure from adjacent teeth to accommodate the crowns that will hold it in place.
Call Us to Arrange an Appointment
All that said, there are still times when a dental bridge is an excellent choice. Let Dr. Jason Annan explain the pros and cons of both and help you decide if dental implants at our Mount Pleasant dental office is the right step for you. Please call and schedule an appointment to get started.