Dental Implant and bridges are both are a good solution for a missing tooth, but which option is best for your situation?

thinkstockphotos-153726366Dental Implant

A dental implant takes the place of the natural tooth’s root. Usually made from titanium, this artificial tooth root is very stable because it fuses with the jawbone. This also keeps the jawbone from deteriorating. A temporary crown is placed on top of the implant, which help the gum naturally grow and shape around the crown. Once complete it is replaced with a permanent crown custom made to look and feel like a natural tooth.

Dental Bridge

Instead of replacing the tooth’s root, a dental bridge gets its support from the surrounding teeth. The bridge, appropriately named, actually forms a bridge between the teeth because of a missing tooth. The process of adhering the bridge requires permanent alteration (filing down) of the adjacent teeth for support. The bridge is also custom made to look like your existing teeth.

Are You a Good Candidate?

A consultation with Dr. Ahmad at Dentistry at Lake Nona, will ensure you are a good candidate for a dental implant or a bridge. An exam and scan will be done to determine if there is adequate bone structure for the dental implant or if the adjacent teeth are healthy enough for a bridge.

The Cost of a Bridge vs Dental Implant

A dental implant will likely cost a little more than a bridge, but has a longer lifespan. With proper oral hygiene a bridge usually needs replacing in about 10 to 20 years, while an implant can last over 40 years.

Quality at an Affordable Price

At the heart of Dentistry At Lake Nona is an outstanding staff of dental professionals looking forward to treating you with the respect you deserve. We are a full-service Lake Nona Area dental practice, offering full-smile makeovers, emergency dentistry and oral sedation for a more comfortable dental experience.

Still not sure if a dental implant is right for you, contact Dentistry at Lake Nona for a consultation.