Today we have several options for tooth replacement, and bridges and dental implants are two of the most popular we offer. Both procedures will improve the aesthetics of your smile, but that’s where the similarity ends.
Choosing The Right Replacement Option For You
A fixed bridge uses an artificial tooth called a pontic to fill in the space left by a missing tooth. The pontic is supported on either side by dental crowns placed on healthy adjacent teeth. The bridge does a great job of restoring your appearance, but the problem is that it is a three-tooth solution for a one-tooth problem.
A dental implant, on the other hand, is a standalone replacement tooth. The design of an implant is as close as we can get to a natural tooth because it doesn’t just fill the space; it actually replaces your entire tooth, from root to crown.
Dentists prefer dental implants for many reasons:
- Restores the appearance and function of a natural tooth
- Doesn’t require alteration of adjacent healthy teeth
- Easy to maintain with routine oral hygiene and prevention
- Becomes a permanent part of your dental structure
- Helps prevent deterioration of bone typical with tooth loss
All that said, getting a dental implant is a process that requires several months to complete, and not everyone wants to make that commitment. If you’re not a good candidate for an implant, a fixed bridge is still an excellent choice.
Permanent Tooth Replacement in Van Nuys
Interested in learning more about dental implants in Van Nuys? Please call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry to arrange a consultation with Dr. Daniel Bacquet to discuss all your tooth replacement options.