While we strongly believe in the power of dental implants, we encourage our patients to look at all of their options before making a decision. For a missing tooth, there are other options to consider. The most common alternative to a dental implant is a dental bridge. Rather than securing the crown to a post in the gums, we secure the crown to the teeth adjacent to the space in your smile. This is a very popular choice for patients who have lost a natural tooth.
Here at New Albany Implants, we want to offer you the absolute best solution available to you. If you are considering a dental bridge, we recommend the zirconium bridge! Zirconium refers to the material used to make the bridge. Most bridges are made of metal, but zirconium oxide is a type of ceramic, which makes it more compatible with the human body. More compatibility means fewer allergic reactions!
How Does It Work?
While the process for placing a zirconium bridge is much like placing a traditional bridge, the zirconium bridge actually requires less dental work. Bridges require that the adjacent teeth be trimmed in order to fit a crown, but zirconium bridges require less tooth enamel to be removed. The color matches the rest of your teeth better, and the bridge itself is stronger and more stable than traditional bridges.
If you are considering a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, zirconium is the way to go! It might have a higher bill attached to it, but the extra money is well worth it when you consider the benefits of zirconium. As always, consider all of your options before making a decision. We would love to talk through your options with you, just give us a call to set up your appointment! We look forward to seeing you soon!