When it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth, both dental implants and bridges are effective options. The right choice for restoring your smile depends on your oral health, your lifestyle, and your budget, as well as a number of other factors. Here are a few things that the team at Buckwalter Dental Care wants you to know when it comes to the advantages of both procedures:
A dental implant is a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium that is placed surgically into your gums and jaw. Over time, your implant will heal and bond with your jaw bone, and will eventually function as an artificial root. A dental crown or another implant-supported restoration can be attached to this implant to restore one or more teeth.
Dental implants have a number of unique benefits:
If you are missing one or more teeth, but your jaw bone and gums are strong and healthy, you are most likely a good candidate for dental implants.
Dental bridges consist of two crowns that attach to healthy “abutment teeth” to support one or more pontics (false teeth), bridging the gap where your missing tooth used to be.
Dental bridges also have unique benefits for patients suffering from tooth loss:
If you are missing one or more adjacent teeth and are not interested in dental implants, bridges may be a good option for you.
To learn more and find out which treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Darrah at Buckwalter Dental Care. Give us a call at (843) 815-3232 to get started, or stop by our office at 31 Innovation Dr, #2, Bluffton, SC 29910, and Dr. Darrah can discuss all of your options for replacing your missing teeth, and restoring your smile.