Do you have an area in your mouth where you may be missing a tooth? If you are searching for a solution for this important issue, you will probably come across two options: a bridge or a dental implant. A bridge is a frame on which two crowns and a false tooth are attached. Implants are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw to function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. When choosing between the two options, patients prefer implants for many reasons. For instance, the lifespan of a bridge is typically less than that of an implant and adjacent teeth that were prepared for a bridge can be more susceptible to future problems such as tooth decay.  Therefore, a dental implant is a strong alternative.

One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is bone preservation.  The implant replaces the tooth root and transmits chewing forces to the jaw which helps maintain the bone.  Implants also look and feel like natural teeth too. You won’t have to worry about them sitting uncomfortably in your mouth.  They also don’t affect adjacent teeth.  Unlike bridges, implants don’t require the grinding down of nearby teeth, so your dental structure stays natural.  Dental implants also have proven quality and are built to exacting quality standards.  While bridges are usually designed and implemented as a temporary solution, implants are designed to be a permanent solution.  You won’t need to worry about your missing tooth any longer!

If you are looking for a tooth replacement option that is best for you, feel free to contact Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts today.  Dr. Makrauer can provide you with a consultation and help you choose what feels right for you.  Don’t wait until future problems arise due to tooth loss, our practice would be more than happy to help you with your tooth replacement treatment.