Either way, either bridges or implants can restore functionality to your bite, get your smile back, and let you enjoy the foods that you like. Dental bridges are installed to fill the gap from a missing tooth. Implants are fitted directly to your jaw and act as a lifelong improvement. The best option for you will depend upon your overall dental health.
What Do Dental Implants Entail?
Dental implants involve a substantial investment in a lifelong smile. Dr. Rosenfeld sees the entire treatment through, from your intake visit to the installation of your permanent crown. Typically, implants take about 5 to 6 months, depending upon whether they are for the upper or lower jaw.
- Intake Appointment: Comprehensive dental health history and images taken to determine whether the patient is a good fit for dental implants.
- First Visit: The actual implant, a steel rod, is fitted to the jawbone. A temporary crown is fitted.
- Second Visit: An abutment is fitted to the steel rod and the temporary crown is replaced so that the implant adjusts to the gum line.
- Final Visit: A permanent crown is fitted and aftercare instructions are given to the patient.
Dental implants typically have around a 95% to 98% success rate. This means that your implant treatment will last for the rest of your life. In some situations, bone grafting may be required to build up the strength of the jawbone. This can add a few months to the implant process, but ultimately, investment in a dental implant is a one-time expense.
Are Bridges the Right Route?
If you require an extensive bone grafting process for a successful implant treatment or want more affordable options, bridges are the way to go.
The surrounding healthy teeth secure bridges. These teeth are stripped to form an anchor for the bridge and have crowns fitted to them. Then, a device called a pontic is placed over the gap.
Bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, depending upon your dental health habits. In addition to brushing and flossing, it is recommended that the patient uses a water pik to clean around the bridge area.
Not only do dental bridges look aesthetically pleasing, they also feel and fit like a regular bite.
Find the Right Option For You
If you’re interested in learning more about whether you should go with bridges or implants, contact Dr. Rosenfeld’s clinic to schedule an appointment at 858-755-1189.