Weighing Benefits Of Dental Implants Vs. Crown-&-Bridge

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

When an adult is missing one, two, or several teeth in one area, a common replacement option, for many, has been a crown-&-bridge combination. This often because a bridge, in most cases, costs more than Dental Implants – initially. Yet, does the ‘initial’ investment of a bridge outweigh the long-term expenses commonly associated with its upkeep?

Dental Implants are held in the jaw bone, just like natural tooth roots. This means that they do not rely on adjacent teeth for support. They do not require the support of natural teeth that must be crowned merely to serve as supports for a bridge. By keeping your natural teeth ‘natural,’ you are able to protect the long-term benefits to your oral health.

Dental Implants are designed to last for a lifetime, making them an excellent investment. They will never need a root canal or repair of cavities. It is a fact that the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth are most likely next in line to require removal.

Dental Implants are designed to replace missing teeth using the natural foundation of your jaw bone. Once placed, Dental Implants integrate into the structure of your bone. Through this, they help to prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and partials.

Over time, bone loss becomes obvious through changes in facial appearance. Bone loss contributes to deep wrinkles around the mouth, causing the corners of the mouth to turn downward even in a smile. Eventually, many develop a collapsed appearance of the mouth. This creates a ‘granny look’ that contributes to an appearance far older than your actual age.

Because some people prefer to keep their Dental Implant treatment a private issue, no one need to ever know you have implant-supported teeth. While some implant systems allow you to remove attached teeth, many versions are non-removable. Non-removable types mean you’ll never have to remove your teeth from your mouth. You’ll wake up with a smile and brush your implanted teeth along with your natural teeth!

The success rate of Dental Implants is excellent. Properly selected, placed and maintained, this lifetime solution makes them a wise choice when it comes to tooth replacement. Since Periodontists specialize in gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth, they have the knowledge, training and facilities to give you teeth that look and feel just like your own.

When you consider Dental Implants based on the long-term advantages and the ‘one and done’ cost versus , the choice is an easy one. Obviously, Dental Implants are a wise investment. To arrange a consultation to discuss your needs, call (828) 274-9440.

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