Dental Implants or Bridges? The Best Option for You

Have you recently lost one or multiple teeth? It’s essential that you discuss the best way to replace them with your dentist. Replacing missing teeth is so important not just for aesthetic reasons but also for the long-term health of your remaining teeth, gums, and the supporting jawbone. If you have yet to speak to a dentist in Northampton and need more information on tooth replacement options, this blog post provides valuable information on dental implants and bridges to help you make an informed decision.

 

Why is it important to replace missing teeth?  

 

  • A complete smile not only looks better but also brings many benefits, such as improving your ability to chew and speak. 

 

  • Replacing missing teeth prevents your remaining teeth from shifting into the empty space, which can alter your bite pattern.

 

  • Missing teeth can lead to the reduction of the jawbone due to jawbone resorption. After one year of tooth loss, you can lose up to 25% of your jawbone in that area, which is irreversible and requires a surgical procedure to fix.

 

  • Missing teeth affect more than just your smile and oral health. They can also change your appearance since your teeth and gums stabilise your jaw and the surrounding bones, which gives your face its structure. If you have missing teeth, your face may look sunken, causing wrinkles and your jawline to lose its definition.  

 

Fortunately, there are many ways that we can restore your smile, depending on your budget, preferences and smile goals. Let’s take a closer look at some of the options below.

 

What are dental bridges?

 

As in the name, a dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap in your smile after tooth loss. The bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) attached to the natural teeth (or abutment teeth) on either side of the gap. Unlike dentures, dental bridges are permanently fixed in place and don’t need to be removed at night. They are designed to look and feel like natural teeth and are colour-matched to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. With a dental bridge, you can easily enjoy a beautiful, complete smile once again.

 

Who do we recommend dental bridges for?

 

  1. Patients with one or more adjacent missing teeth.
  2. Patients with strong, healthy teeth on either side of the gap that can support the bridge.
  3. Those who are not suitable candidates for dental implants due to health reasons or personal preferences.
  4. Those who want a fixed solution for their missing teeth rather than removable dentures.

 

What are dental implants?

 

Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement options. They closely mimic the function, appearance, and durability of real teeth. These permanent fixtures require minimal maintenance and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

 

Getting dental implants involves a surgical procedure where a bio-titanium implant is inserted into your jawbone, which acts as an artificial tooth root. You must then wait for a few months for the implant to fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once this has healed, a beautiful bespoke porcelain or ceramic crown is loaded onto the implant through an abutment. As dental implants become a permanent part of your smile and body, the entire process takes between 5 to 10 months and requires multiple appointments.

 

Apart from restoring the appearance and function of missing teeth, dental implants can also stop jawbone resorption. This is because the implant imitates the function of a natural tooth root, which stimulates the jawbone and prevents it from shrinking.

 

Who do we recommend dental implants for?

 

  1. Individuals looking for a permanent solution. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth. They do not require much maintenance or removal like dentures.
  2. Patients who are in good overall health and do not have conditions that may affect healing, such as uncontrolled diabetes or certain autoimmune disorders, are typically good candidates.
  3. Patients who have adequate jawbone density to support the implant. In cases where there has been significant bone loss, bone grafting procedures may be necessary to build up the bone before implant placement.
  4. Non-smokers or individuals willing to quit. Smoking can impair healing and increase the risk of implant failure. Therefore, non-smokers or those willing to quit are better candidates for dental implants.
  5. Those who want to preserve their jawbone. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, helping to prevent bone loss and maintaining facial structure over time.

 

Dental implants or bridges: the best option for you 

 

When deciding between dental implants and bridges, it is crucial to consider which option is best for you. While dental implants are considered the superior choice due to their durability and stunning appearance, they aren’t a suitable choice for everyone. Some people may prefer a less invasive option, or may be looking for a more affordable way to replace multiple teeth, in which case dental bridges are a great alternative. Ultimately, the decision should be based on your individual needs and preferences, and one of our Northampton dentists can help you make an informed choice.

 

Implant-supported dentures — the perfect middle ground?

 

Having trouble deciding between implants, bridges, or dentures? We offer implant-supported dentures as well. With this option, we can replace three or more missing teeth in a row or even whole arches of teeth using the All-on-4 technique. These dentures use four or more implants to secure the denture into place, providing stability, comfort, and a natural appearance. Implant-supported dentures are an excellent choice for those seeking reliable, beautiful results without the higher cost of individual implants.

 

For a personalised recommendation, please book a consultation with our dentists in Northampton to meet with one of our team.

 

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