Long-term investments normally do not have any type of immediate returns. You have to wait years for those types of investments to give you anything of value back. Dental implants challenge this trend by being a long-term investment in the health of your smile that will give you immediate returns in the form of a better appearance, more confidence, and regained functionality of your mouth. One of the more common fixes for a smile that has a gap is a dental bridge, but dental implants can give you benefits that bridges can’t. Take a look at some of the benefits that Dr. Boyle can provide with dental implants, and some of the things that dental implants do better than dental bridges.
Understanding The Difference Between Bridges and Implants
- Dental Implant – One thing to understand about dental implants is that they are not exactly replacement teeth. They are actually replacement tooth roots. Dental implants are what will anchor the replacement tooth, or crown, after Dr. Boyle has placed it in your mouth.
- Dental Bridge – A bridge refers to a fake tooth, or pontic, that is placed between two crowns. Those crowns are then bonded to existing teeth in your mouth to hold the bridge in place and fill whatever gap is in your smile.
Three Reasons Dental Implants Are Better Than Bridges
#1: Protects Against Bone Loss – One of the biggest benefits of a dental implant over a bridge is that you are protecting yourself from bone loss due to your missing tooth. When you lose a tooth, you also lose the tooth root from inside your jawbone. Without something to fill that void, your jawbone will deteriorate. A dental bridge takes care of the visible void in your smile but does nothing to address the hidden void in your jawbone. A dental implant will fill that void and even fuse with your jawbone. This makes it possible for the dental implant to act just like your natural tooth root. You get stability and the protection against bone loss that you need.
#2: Longer Life Span – When you get a dental implant, you are investing in a solution that can last you the rest of your life. With proper care and hygiene, it is common for a dental implant to last you 20 years or more. The replacement tooth is the part that will wear out first, if it does. Like a car tire, the replacement tooth may wear and need to be restored after about 15 years. A dental bridge, on the other hand, will last you between 5 and 15 years. At that point, you will need to have it redone. This is a complicated process, as the bridge will need to be removed from the teeth that are anchoring it in your mouth. Replacing your tooth with dental implants only requires your new tooth to be made and then attached to your implant. No mess or fuss, and it will rarely need to be done.
#3: Your Other Teeth Will Thank You – One thing that happens with a dental bridge is that you have to have crowns placed to hold the bridge. In order to put the crowns on your teeth, you will need to have them shaved down so the crowns can fit over the top of them. The teeth that are getting shaved down are healthy teeth, and once they have the enamel removed from them, it is removed forever. You can not regrow your enamel, so your teeth are permanently altered. You don’t have to worry about that with dental implants. The replacement tooth that is used with your dental implant is fashioned specifically for your mouth. That means it will fit in the space that is there, and the teeth on either side of the implant will be totally unaffected by the presence of the replacement tooth. You won’t have to do permanent damage to your healthy teeth in order to have dental implants placed inside your mouth. And your implant restoration will look as good or better than the natural tooth that it is replacing!
Your smile is worth the investment. Make sure you are putting your faith in a solution that gives you the most benefits. Call Tab A. Boyle, DDS at 661-524-8457 today to schedule an appointment at our Lancaster, CA office. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment also.