Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implants: Which Is Right for You?
Today there are more options than ever for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. If you are only missing one or a couple of teeth, you will face a choice of a dental bridge vs. dental implants. Our Long Island, NY, dental practice can help you choose the right option for you. Knowing the benefits and considerations of both dental bridges and dental implants will help you to make an informed decision. During a consultation, our experienced doctors and staff can thoroughly explain the advantages, risks, and possible outcomes of both procedures.
Deciding between Restorations
Tooth loss can significantly affect your life, and choosing a restoration to restore your oral health can prove difficult. Deciding between a traditional dental bridge or implant-supported restoration can come down to several factors, including:
- Treatment timeline
- Current and future oral health
- Comfort and stability
A dental bridge is made of multiple crowns fused together, and can replace one or more teeth. The crowns on each end of your restoration will be secured to your two surrounding natural teeth for support. A traditional bridge will cost less than an implant-supported restoration, and can be placed in as few as two appointments over a period of two to three weeks. Greater Long Island Dental will supply a high-quality bridge, made of durable materials that can last up to 10 years or more with proper care and maintenance. However, because traditional bridges require the alteration of healthy teeth, many may prefer to receive dental implants, which will provide superior support and stability.
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are surgically placed in your jawbone to replace lost tooth roots. You can replace any number of missing teeth with implants. One implant can be topped with a crown to replace a single tooth, and two implants can support a bridge to replace multiple, consecutively missing teeth. The treatment timeline of dental implants can range from four months to over a year. Factors that influence the timeline include whether or not you require a bone graft or sinus lift to receive implants, the number of implants you receive, and how your body heals after placement surgery.
Due to the complexity of the procedure, getting a dental implant can be more expensive than other restorative options. The cost of dental implants will include the price of the implant post, surgery, restoration, as well as any additional preparatory procedures. However, many patients find that this cost is offset by the superior benefits afforded through dental implants.
Dental implants will fuse with your jawbone, enabling them to provide unparalleled support to a dental bridge, and eliminating the need to alter healthy teeth for stability.
Investing in Your Future
Implant-supported restorations are able to offer significant benefits over traditional dental bridges. Dental implants will fuse with your jawbone, enabling them to provide unparalleled support to a dental bridge, and eliminating the need to alter healthy teeth for stability. Because the posts replace lost tooth roots, they send out regenerative signals that will prevent bone loss. This bone loss is not avoided with traditional restorations. In addition, dental implants can last for the rest of your life with proper care. Your restorations will have a permanent, fixed foundation, eliminating uneven wear and unstable support.
How We Can Help
The staff at Greater Long Island Dental can help you understand all of your treatment options to restore your smile after tooth loss. Our friendly team can explain the financing opportunities available to you, and can work with you to put the cost of vital restorative treatment comfortably within your budget. To schedule an appointment for more information, contact us today.
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