Many patients who lose teeth ask their dentist about replacing them with a fixed bridge or dental implants. Both options are viable solutions for missing teeth, but each has its own set of pros and cons. Here we'll discuss the differences between dental implants and fixed bridges so you can make an informed decision about which is right for your situation.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone and used to anchor a replacement tooth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, as well as an alternative to removable dentures.
Dental implants offer several advantages over fixed bridgework:
- There's no need for you to remove them at night or when eating certain foods (like steak). Your mouth will feel more natural with an implant than with a bridge because it moves just like real teeth do!
- Implants last longer than traditional restorations made from gold alloys or porcelain fused to metal bases. This means there's less risk of needing additional work within 10 years after placement of your new crowns or bridgework--and fewer visits back into our office!
Fixed bridges are made of porcelain or metal and require regular cleaning by a dentist or hygienist. Because they're fixed in place, they don't need to be removed at night like dentures do--but this also means that they won't move as naturally with your mouth while you're sleeping! If you have trouble keeping your mouth closed while sleeping (which is common), this might not be the best choice for you because it could cause discomfort while you sleep and make it difficult for others around you
Dental implants are usually a better long-term solution for missing teeth.
If you're missing teeth and want to replace them with something that will last, dental implants are usually a better long-term solution. Implants are artificial roots that are placed into the jawbone, where they fuse with your natural bone over time. They can support a crown (cap) or denture and feel just like natural teeth.
Fixed bridges have a false tooth connected to two crowns on either side of the gap in your smile. If one of these crowns breaks off or decays, it can't be repaired because there's no way for anyone to access it from underneath; if this happens on an implant, however, there's still another tooth attached (the "abutment") located above it--so repairs are possible.
Dental implants are a great option for people who want to replace their missing teeth. They're more natural-looking than other options, like bridges, and they won't wear out over time like dentures can. If you're considering getting dental implants or fixed bridges for your own smile makeover, talk to Dr. Cox!
Belle Meade Family Dental serves patients in Flowood, Brandon and the surrounding areas of Rankin County. We offer same-day crowns, cosmetic and restorative procedures, cleaning and prevention services, dental implants, and tooth extraction. At Belle Meade Family Dental, we aim to provide the ultimate patient experience with the highest level of quality care.