If you have a missing tooth, you may e thinking about tooth replacement treatment. There are many benefits to replacing missing teeth, including improved oral health, ease of eating and chewing and clearer speech, in addition to increased confidence and better job prospects. If you have lost a tooth, here are two options you may wish to think about:
A dental bridge is a type of restoration, which is used to fill a gap. Bridges are a popular choice for patients with a single missing tooth, as the treatment process is simple and fast and treatment is much less expensive than implant treatment. There are different types of bridge available and the most common is a traditional fixed bridge, which is made from a series of crowns; the aim of treatment is to bridge the gap between two remaining teeth and to create a beautiful, natural looking replacement. Bridges are often made from ceramics and they can last up to 15 years. Bridges can usually be fitted in 2 appointments, 2 weeks apart and the procedure is painless.
Implants are a revelation of modern dentistry and they are becoming increasingly popular year on year. Implants are small titanium prostheses, which sit in the jaw bone and act as a replacement tooth root; they are used to anchor a new crown in the case of a single tooth replacement and can also be joined to a denture or dental bridge. Implants offer an array of benefits; they last for many years, they help to reduce bone loss and they offer all the benefits of healthy, strong teeth. The implant procedure is more complex than bridgework and treatment can take up to 8 months; however, the incredible long-term results are worth the wait.
If you’re thinking about having tooth replacement treatment, your dentist will help you to weigh up the options and make a well-informed decision.
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