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Your Dentist in Morris County Discusses the Difference Between a Bridge and Implant

April 8, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_carollo @ 7:15 pm

person smilingYour oral health can seriously suffer from leaving missing teeth unreplaced. Due to recent technological dental advancements in the last 30 years, you have more options for restoring your missing teeth. In the past, a dental bridge was your only option. Now, your dentist in Morris County can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth with dental implants.  Not to mention, you’d like to have a completed smile that you’re proud to show off again. Read on to learn the difference between a bridge and implant and which option would be best for you. 

Changes in Your Oral Hygiene Routine

Considering the differences in keeping up with each of these restorative options may be a huge deal for you. Keeping up with your oral health will be easier with an implant. Your implant will function just like your natural teeth, so it won’t require any special treatment. All you’ll need to do is brush and floss like regular. Additionally, you can replace a single tooth with an implant without affecting your surrounding teeth.

Dental bridges are cemented into place in your mouth and require at least 3 connected crowns to fill in the space for a missing tooth. Because of this, it can be difficult to floss around the replacement tooth. It’s especially important to clear food debris and prevent bacteria buildup with this design because it can cause bone loss and irritate your gums.

Differences in Lifespan

Dental implants typically last longer than bridges because the titanium post fuses with your jaw bone, creating a stable foundation that’s resistant to decay. An implant can last upwards of 25 years when it’s well taken care of.

With dental bridges, the average lifespan ranges from 10 to 15 years. Because a portion of your natural tooth still exists underneath the bridge, it’s left exposed and susceptible to decay. If this happens, it could cause the bridge to fail over time.

Comparing Aesthetics

Your dentist will be the best person to answer any questions about aesthetics that you may have and advise you on which option would be best for you. Typically, you’ll find that patients are happier with the look of implants because your dentist is able to make them appear almost identical to your natural enamel. Additionally, implants are known for promoting bone growth to avoid your face from looking saggy.

In order to make a decision that’s best for you, schedule a consultation with your dentist. This way you can ask any questions you may have, and your dentist will be able to discuss any limitations or specific benefits that each option may have for you. No matter what your option is, replacing missing teeth isn’t just great for your confidence, it’s also great for your oral health!

About the Author

Dr. John Carollo has been serving his community of Florham Park for over 30 years. He’s a well-respected author and lecturer and has taught thousands of dentists about the latest techniques and advancements in their fields. He has also been the proud Official Team Dentist of the New York Jets since 2006. For any questions or to schedule a consultation, visit his website or contact  973-377-5117.




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