Restorative dentistry covers a wide-range of treatment options, from something as simple as a dental filling for a small cavity to a full smile reconstruction after you’ve lost all your teeth.
Thanks to modern technology, restorations at Cupertino Family Dental Center are more natural-looking than ever, so you not only enjoy better oral health but an attractive smile, too!
But how do you know which restorative method is the best for replacing your missing teeth?
Your Cupertino, CA dentist has you covered with today’s blog to make your choice a little easier!
You can’t just let an empty space in your mouth go unfilled. Even if you’re willing to sacrifice your appearance after losing one or more teeth just to avoid dental treatment, your oral and overall health depend on a full set of teeth, a strong jaw, and healthy gums.
Here are two common tooth replacement options, a dental bridge and a dental implant, the potential benefits, and some drawbacks that may help you decide which is best for you!
Most people are familiar with this option. Dental bridges have been around for a long time, and they’re still widely relied upon today because they’re an affordable, effective solution.
Replacing a tooth, or several teeth, with a bridge is a viable option for many patients who can’t finance their dental treatment through a lending service or insurance provider.
But although it will last many years, it won’t last forever, which means the cost of replacing your dental bridge down the road is something to consider. You also will need to discuss with your dentist whether it’s a good idea to cover your surrounding healthy teeth with crowns, since that’s what a dental bridge requires, because it could put those teeth at a higher risk for future damage.
If it’s a permanent solution you want, a dental implant is the only logical choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. That’s why a dental implant costs more than a dental bridge. It’s a long-term investment in your smile and your health that lasts a lifetime.
An implant is placed inside your jaw to take the place of the missing tooth root. An abutment sits atop the implant, which is the part that attaches to your restoration, or your new tooth, in other words.
With time, your jawbone fuses together with the implant, making it the only replacement solution that simulates the look and functionality of a strong, natural tooth. You brush, floss, and eat the same way you always did, which means no one else will notice the difference and neither will you!
Obviously, the cost is the biggest hurdle for some patients, but given the lifetime advantages of this investment, dental implants are well worth it!
Knowing what your options are is just the beginning.
Choosing the tooth replacement method that’s best for you is a decision between you and your Cupertino, CA dentist.
Dr. Lo and our team will assess your needs and talk to you about the solution that will give you the most lasting cosmetic and restorative benefits, whether it’s with a dental bridge, dental implants, or any number of our options in tooth replacement.