Restore your smile with tooth replacement options.
Tooth replacement has come a long way in recent years due to increasing technology. Common treatments to replace missing teeth include dental bridges and dental implants. Patients often wonder what is the difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant – and which treatment is best for them.
Dental implants are widely used today, however there are numerous factors that will determine which procedure is best for you- implant or bridge. During a consultation, Fallston, MD Dentist Dr. Melissa Elliott will discuss your dental health, personal concerns and goals before recommending the most suitable option for your unique smile.
Dr. Elliott is able to replace your missing teeth with dental implants and bridges to restore a beautiful, functional smile. A dental implant involves placing a tiny titanium post in the original bone pocket of the missing tooth. Over time, this titanium implant will bond with the bone to mimic a natural tooth and prevent bone loss. Dental implants are then capped with a custom dental crown that will give your smile a natural appearance.
Patients can eat and speak normally and comfortably with dental implants, enjoying lasting dental health.
Another treatment option to replace missing teeth is with a fixed dental bridge. A bridge is a non-removable treatment that is attached to the remaining natural teeth. Traditional bridges are made by creating a crown for the tooth and are supported by the neighboring teeth that are naturally remaining.
While a bridge is initially a lower cost option, a dental implant can be more cost-effective in the long run. A dental bridge can put you at greater risk for developing tooth decay and contribute to other dental concerns over time. A dental bridge may need to be repaired or replaced down the road and does not help to retain bone in the jaw.
Missing teeth can cause anxiety and embarrassment over the appearance of your smile and will often cause difficulty while eating or speaking. Dr. Elliott can help you regain your confidence and your quality of life with the right option to replace lost or missing teeth. Contact our Fallston, MD dentist office to schedule your consultation.