If you have a missing tooth or teeth, it’s a good idea to get them replaced as soon as possible. There are a variety of different reasons for this—from the sake of your oral health to your mood and confidence.
When it comes to tooth replacements, there are different options that may be available. A couple of these options include dental bridges and implants. Below is more information about why you should undergo a tooth restoration procedure, the difference between dental bridges and dental implants, and why you should consider Forest Hills Dental for your replacement procedure.
Why is Teeth Replacement Important?
There are a lot of advantages to having a tooth or multiple teeth replaced, and many disadvantages to skipping out on a replacement procedure. Below are a few of the reasons why you’ll want to consider a teeth replacement procedure:
- Avoid additional oral health issues. What many people don’t realize about having a missing tooth or teeth is the damage it can cause to your oral health. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, the healthy teeth around the gap will migrate over time. This tooth migration can lead to impacting, crowding, and crookedness. Not only is this aesthetically unappealing but it also makes it much more difficult to take proper care of your oral health. Without being able to brush and floss properly, you put yourself at risk of tooth decay and gum infection. Teeth replacements like dental bridges and dental implants prevent the migration of your teeth, which supports your overall oral health.
- Bite support. Biting and chewing can be extremely difficult with missing teeth. A replacement provides you with the bite support you need to eat your favorite foods.
- Appearance. Having missing or damaged tooth or teeth can be rough on your self-esteem, confidence, and mood. A tooth replacement will fill your smile back in, allowing you to smile with confidence. This, in turn, can give your mood a nice boost!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal rods placed in the jawbones of patients to hold prosthetics in place. These prosthetics may be as few as one tooth and as many as a full row of teeth!
As dental implants are permanently placed in the jawbone of the patient, they are an extremely secure replacement option. After a while, the prosthetics may need to be updated, but the implants themselves can last in the patient’s jawbone for a lifetime.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are dental prosthetics that fill the gap between one or more missing teeth. Bridges are great for patients that may not be able to afford more expensive replacement options or are simply not good candidates for those procedures. Many patients love dental bridges, as they provide stability, strength, and a natural appearance.
The placement of a dental bridge requires the reshaping of a natural tooth or multiple teeth. How many teeth need to be reshaped will depend on where the bridge is being placed.
Dental bridges provide patients with the extra support they need and allow the patient to smile with pride. They also halt the progression of teeth migration, which supports the overall oral health of the patient.
Dental Implant Bridges
Implant bridges are a mixture between dental implants and dental bridges. This option is perfect for patients that require multiple teeth to be replaced and are good candidates for the placement of dental implants. The placement process involves the installation of dental implants to hold the custom bridge prosthetic in place.
Whether a dental implant bridge is right for you will depend on a few factors, including insurance, cost, and the integrity of your jawbone.
If you would like to know if you are a candidate for a dental implant bridge, reach out to Forest Hills Dental. We’ll schedule an appointment and take a look at your jawbone and gums to see if you are a candidate for implant placement. From there, we can schedule an appointment for the initial procedure!
Can I Wait for Treatment?
If you have one or more missing or damaged teeth, you need to set an appointment as soon as you can to have the issue addressed. Keep in mind, the longer you wait, the higher the chances of other oral health issues forming. If your tooth is severely damaged, it can become infected. This infection can spread to the jawbone and worse. If your teeth are missing, you are at risk of tooth migration. This increases the chances of impacting, tooth decay, gum disease, and even extraction of healthy teeth.
Don’t wait! Schedule your appointment today.
Which Option is Right for Me?
Which option is right for you will depend on a few factors. One of the main factors is whether or not your jaw can handle the placement of a dental implant. If your jawbone has deteriorated, you either won’t be a candidate or will need a bone graft.
Other things to consider are cost, insurance, and personal preference.
Why Forest Hills Dental?
Forest Hills Dental has been in business for decades, and Dr. Mark has provided an incredible number of dental services over the last 30 years. He is one of the best dentists in the area!
Our office provides friendly service, affordable pricing, and outstanding dental care. We provide a variety of different services, including teeth replacement procedures. If you have a damaged tooth or you are missing teeth, give us a call. We’ll provide you with the treatment you need.
Forest Hills Dental has an extremely friendly staff, and we care about our patients. We promise to provide you with the best care possible!
Contact Forest Hills Dental Today!
If you have a missing or damaged tooth or teeth, reach out to Forest Hills Dental. We’ll schedule an appointment so Dr. Mark can take a look and see what the best replacement method is to meet your needs.