How Should I Replace My Tooth?
The absence of a tooth can be devastating to your confidence, and it can effect your smile’s health. But with the right replacement, you can get back to enjoying a complete and healthy smile. Throughout the past few decades tooth replacements have seen much advancement. There are so many options for replacing a lost tooth that the choice can sometimes feel overwhelming. For example, when is a bridge is the best option? What about an implant-supported crown? Understanding the differences of options can help you feel better when you make your choice on how to replace your tooth.
When and Why Choose a Bridge?
A dental bridge can replace one tooth or more. A bridge is comprised of a custom-made, lifelike replacement tooth (or teeth), known as a pontic(s), which is supported by a pair of dental crowns on either side of the pontic. Think of how an architectural bridge spans a gap. The crowns on either side sit atop the healthy, natural teeth next adjacent to the gap in your smile. The supporting teeth are known as abutment teeth; they provide stability and security for your replacement tooth as you bite and chew. In certain situations, the abutment teeth can be supported by implant-supported crowns instead of healthy teeth.
How About an Implant-Supported Crown?
Implants can be cost-effective in the long run by being much more durable choice for your smile. Dental implants can help to make a prosthetic (crown, dentures, or a bridge) to fit closer along the gums, which gives it a more natural appearance. This closeness to the gums can also make it easier to keep the mouth healthy to prevent a buildup of bacteria under the prosthetic. A dental implant may not be the best choice if the tooth or teeth have been lost for a long time, as the gum and bone may have receded. However, there are options to restore the area of your smile to support a crown.