Do you have a missing tooth?
Are you considering the different types of restorative dental procedures available?
Does a dental bridge seem to make the most sense financially?
If you have a missing tooth and want to restore that gap in your mouth, it is essential to think about the differences between a dental bridge and a tooth implant.
Dental bridges have replaced teeth for generations of Staten Island dental patients. However, they have some drawbacks:
– They are a 3-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem – the adjacent teeth must be prepped and crowned to hold the replacement (floating) tooth.
– It is hard to properly clean the small areas under the bridge.
– A dental bridge does not protect against bone recession at the extraction site.
Why does a tooth implant have advantages over a dental bridge?
– It is a 1-tooth solution to a 1-tooth problem.
– It is usually stronger.
– Will reduce the risk of bone recession (as compared to a bridge) because it replaces the tooth root.
– It is usually not as difficult to clean as a dental bridge – lower risk of decay.
– They generally last longer.
– Dental implants can support a denture or partial denture.
If you need to replace a tooth, talk to your Staten Island dentist about dental financing options. If you select a dental implant, it will probably be less pricey in the long run.
If you want to learn more about dental implants, I invite you to call Staten Island Dental Care at 718-761-5757. I am Dr. Frederick Hecht, and I am passionate about restoring smiles for my NYC area patients with celebrity-caliber permanent restorations. Call today to schedule a dental implant consultation at my Staten Island office.