When you have a broken tooth or teeth and you have a gap between your teeth you are told by your dentist that you have a choice between a dental bridge and a dental implant which will set you back thousands of pounds which option do you choose and why?
Cheltenham’s Implant specialist Ian Hazlem who trained at the prestigious Straumann Institute in Switzerland has over 25 years experience treating many patients across the South West and in Gloucestershire.
Here is some information to help you decide which one is likely to suit you if you are ever faced with this decision.
What’s a dental bridge?
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth with a false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
What is an implant?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jaw to become fused with the bone. They provide a solid base for new teeth. The new teeth can take the form of crowns, bridges or dentures. Using the same approach we can also use three or four implants to stabilise dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- improve your smile
- laugh with confidence
- eat your favourite foods
- speak with confidence
- enjoy an active lifestyle
- improve your general health
Implants can be used to replace dentures or stabilise them.
Where some teeth remain, a partial denture is sometimes seen as the only option. A minimum of two implants can be linked together to form a stable fixed bridge without causing damage to the remaining teeth.
If you have lost a single tooth, an implant and crown can avoid the need for a conventional bridge.
By investing in dental implants you can enjoy things that may not be possible before such as smiling, laughing and eating your favourite foods at your favourite restaurants with confidence. Even biting into an apple or chewing on a steak can become an occasion to look forward to without the discomfort and embarrassment of your dentures coming loose or breaking.
To find out more about dental implants in Cheltenham call Ardenhouse Dental on 01242 802993.