Dental Implants vs Bridges
If you have been having trouble eating and drinking or have experienced any kind of pain in your mouth, you might be one of many people in the United States currently experiencing tooth decay. If this describes you, you might be wondering what options you have to correct it and prevent further decay from spreading around the affected tooth and making matters worse. Under such circumstances, two common solutions would be dental implants or bridges, depending on your personal needs, which Kurt A. Gibson, DDS, PA can assess and help you determine which option may best suit you.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant consists of a titanium screw that is placed directly into the affected area of your jawbone that is then covered by an artificial tooth called a crown. It is a permanent solution to replace your missing teeth, as the screw replicates the function of your natural roots. After the placement of the titanium screw, we typically wait for the screw to fuse with your jawbone before placing a permanent crown to complete the procedure.
What makes dental implants a popular procedure among many of our patients is that the screws are not visible to others, and crowns are made to look just like natural teeth. That being the case, anyone concerned about their appearance typically prefers this procedure as it most closely resembles their natural teeth, and observers are highly unlikely to realize they have had any procedures done at all. Furthermore, implants will even feel just like your natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from your remaining natural teeth and roots.
What are Dental Bridges?
While the need to grind down your neighboring teeth may seem odd at first, dental bridges can be a less complicated procedure than dental implants in many circumstances. Additionally, the density of your jawbone does not affect your ability to receive a bridge, making this a more suitable option for many of our patients. This procedure is also ideal for anyone who does not want to make repeated return trips to our clinic to have their teeth checked, as would be the case with an implant.
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Depending on your personal needs, either option is a great way to correct any tooth decay and prevent further damage from spreading to your nearby teeth. If you are unsure of which procedure to pursue, Kurt A. Gibson, DDS, PA can assess your situation and help you determine which procedure would best suit your needs. If you have any questions and would like to speak with a member of our team, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at (336) 283-2593 to schedule an appointment and address any of your concerns.