Go back a decade or two and you will find that the only way people could restore the structure and function of their mouth after tooth loss was getting dentures. Today, they have many other options, largely due to advancements in dental technology.
When it comes to the best options available today to cope with tooth loss, the first name that pops in mind is dental implants.
About Dental Implants
Probably the safest and most effective way to recover from tooth loss, dental implants are placed incisively into the jawbone beneath your gums. Artificial tooth roots by nature, these implants are attached with a replacement tooth after they are put into position. What is the result of all this? You have your perfect smile once again.
The best thing about dental implants is that they can now match the color and translucence of your teeth, which has been made possible by advanced dental technology. So, people won’t know you have implants unless you tell them yourself. Contrary to popular belief, getting dental implants is not an ‘extremely’ painful procedure. To make the procedure less painful and uncomfortable, patients are given nitrous oxide in addition to local anesthesia. As a result, the pain is as good as negligible. One thing about implants that puts most people off is their high upfront cost. While implants are indeed more expensive upfront than options like bridges, they can last a lifetime compared to the decade or so lifespan of bridges after which they must be replaced.
So, over time, implants are a cheaper option than bridges and dentures.
Implants Vs. Bridges
Staying on topic, we may want to compare dental bridges and implants to see which of these options is better. For tooth replacement, these are two best options available today so pitting them against each other may be worth the while. Let’s start with the pros and cons of implants.
Implants require far less maintenance than bridges and they have a natural look unlike the latter. Another quality of an implant is that it can stand firmly on its own support without straining any part of the teeth. A major reason that makes people stay away from dental implants is the lengthy procedure to get them. The procedure to get implants is typically five to eight months long.
The other cosmetic dentistry option, bridges is a good option for those people who want to a quick fix for their missing or damaged teeth. Typically, the process to get bridges is only a few weeks long. Another reason to get bridges is their low upfront cost as compared to the upfront cost of implants. However, there are many reasons to not choose bridges over implants and these reasons include unnatural look, periodic replacement, and potential damage to natural teeth.
By considering the pros and cons of dental implants and bridges, you can choose the right cosmetic dentistry option to visit the dentist for. You can also visit the dentist for other cosmetic dentistry options such as bonding, crowns, and teeth whitening procedures.