When replacing lost teeth, you have options. Depending on how many teeth are involved, you may choose a permanent or a removable solution. Choosing the best course of treatment for you will depend on your needs and expectations.
Considering if Crowns, Dentures, or Bridges are Right for You
While crowns, dentures, and bridges are different treatments, they provide the same benefit. They improve your appearance and make it easier to talk and chew. Which one your dental professional chooses to use will depend on your individual needs and budget.
Dentists typically use crowns:
- For covering damaged teeth
- As an attachment to a bridge
- In combination with a dental implant
Crowns are a great solution when you have a problem with an individual tooth. On the other hand, dental professionals typically use bridges to span an area of your mouth where you have several missing or damaged teeth.
Your dental professional permanently cements the bridge in the gap that stretches between your natural teeth or implants. That means, you’ll need healthy teeth on either side to attach and support the bridge.
Bridges come in various types. These include conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges.
Bridges are fixed and stable, unlike dentures that are removable. While some people may think that makes dentures easier to clean because you can take them out, dentures have their own inconveniences. Some people find they have difficulty eating and speaking with dentures. Additionally, any changes in your jaw (which is likely to happen) and you have to get a new set of dentures.
Whichever solution you choose, replacing missing or damaged teeth is vital to preventing problems with your remaining teeth.
Making Dental Implants Your Permanent Solution
Crowns, dentures, and bridges are great solutions in certain circumstances. However, if you want the best tooth replacement option that will help preserve your jawbone, dental implants are the answer.
Unlike your natural teeth that sit within your jawbone, dentures, crowns, and bridges rest on top of your gums and jawbone. The long-term result may be jawbone shrinkage. Ultimately, this could lead to changes in your facial structure.
Additionally, dental implants are the closest option to you natural teeth. They look more natural than other options and you maintain them just like your real teeth. Plus, they don’t rely on your remaining natural teeth for support and don’t interfere with eating and speaking.
If you’ve lost one or more teeth for any reason, speak with your dental professional about the best solution for your dental needs. You may just find out that dental implants can make your smile and life better.