There are more options than ever before for patients who have lost teeth. But with so many options available, it can be hard to decide which solutions would work best for you.
Fortunately, at New Albany Implants, we can help make the decision easier. Dr. Ron Receveur, Dr. Bradley Frederick, and the rest of our experienced staff have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you decide whether you would most benefit from dental implants or a dental bridge to replace your missing teeth.
We encourage you to visit us at our New Albany, IN dentist office so we can have a look at your teeth. In the meantime, learn more about dental implants and dental bridges to see which one sounds like a better fit for you.
Dental implants function as roots of replacement teeth. They provide a durable foundation for replacement teeth both removable and fixed. The many advantages of dental implants include:
- Better appearance.
Dental implants look just like natural teeth, giving you a complete smile that looks just like the real thing. You may even be surprised by how much your self-esteem and self-image improves with a completely restored smile.
- Better speech.
Missing teeth or poor-fitting dentures can affect your speech and cause you to slur or mumble your words. With dental implants, you’ll have a complete set of teeth that won’t move around, ensuring your speech is much clearer.
- Better comfort.
Dental implants fuse with your bone, essentially becoming a part of your mouth. This saves you the discomfort and hassle of removable dentures.
- Easier eating and drinking.
With dentures that move all over the place or holes in your smile from missing teeth, mealtime can be difficult. With dental implants, we can replace missing teeth in a way that won’t cause you any inconvenience. It’s like eating and drinking with your natural teeth!
- Better oral health.
With dental implants, we don’t have to rely on other teeth (like with a dental bridge), and we can leave more of your natural teeth intact. Being able to keep more of your natural teeth, as long as they’re healthy, is better for your oral health in the long run. Additionally, individual implants are easier to clean when removing plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth.
With dental implants, you don’t have to worry about removing your dentures. You also don’t have to bother with messy adhesives to hold your dentures in place.
If cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. They’re just as durable as your natural teeth which means you can depend on your dental implants to function just like your real teeth would.
Dental bridges are named as such because they bridge the gap left behind by one or more missing teeth. With a bridge, we use two or more crowns on either side of the space as anchors or abutment teeth. Those crowns are used to secure the replacement tooth in place.
At New Albany Implants we use metal-free zirconium bridges. With a dental bridge, we can:
- Restore your smile by filling in the spaces where you’ve lost teeth.
- Give you the ability to eat and speak properly.
- Correct your bite.
- Prevent the movement of your remaining teeth to protect your smile and maintain your oral health.
Implants VS Bridges: Which Is Best For Me?
When it comes time to decide option is right for you, it’s best to sit down for a consultation with a specialist. At New Albany Implants, Dr. Receveur or Dr. Frederick can take a closer look at your mouth and individual situation to come up with the best treatment plan for you.
We value your input, so a consultation with us is treated like an open and honest discussion. We will work together to make sure you get the results you’re looking for.