Bridges and dental implants at Quality Dental Care are both dental prosthetics that have the same general goal: restore the appearance and function missing teeth. However, they each go about it in different ways.
A dental bridge is designed to fill the gap that’s left after you lose a tooth. An artificial tooth called a pontic sits in the open space and is supported by dental crowns attached to adjacent teeth. The result is a cosmetic improvement and an artificial tooth that restores your chewing ability.
Dental Implant in Lakeland
A titanium dental implant is a replacement root that resembles a tiny screw and is placed surgically in your jaw by one of our doctors. During a healing period of several months, the implant and the bone and tissue in your jaw fuse together. The result is a complete tooth replacement-from root to crown-that looks, feels, and functions the most like a natural tooth.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or added to a bridge or denture to replace multiple teeth.
Health Problems Caused by Missing Teeth
One common problem with untreated tooth loss is the degeneration of bone in the jaw that causes your face to take on an aged, sunken appearance. Not only do implants restore greater function than a bridge, but they also help stimulate the regeneration of healthy bone in your jaw.
We recommend dental implants in Lakeland, FL because they have proven to be the healthiest replacement for missing teeth. If you have other questions about implants or would like to learn about alternatives like bridges and dentures, please call our office to arrange a consultation.