A bridge has been the traditional way to replace teeth. A bridge is designed with a replacement tooth that connects to crowns on the adjacent teeth. The new replacement tooth "bridges" the gap where the previous missing tooth existed. Having a bridge can introduce potential problems if it is not cleaned properly and the anchor teeth can become more susceptible to decay and gum disease. A dental implant is the closest way to replicate the previously missing tooth. Instead of connecting to the adjacent teeth, an implant replicates the previous tooth with a titanium post that is placed in the jawbone and a porcelain crown is designed to fit on the implant post. Normal home care for a dental implant is the same as it is for the rest of the natural teeth and no additional cleaning steps are required. Since a dental implant itself is not susceptible to decay or traditional gum disease, the future prognosis of adjacent teeth remains unchanged.
Missing Tooth Options in 80104
Dr. Brandt Jones will typically recommend a dental implant to replace missing teeth but will let you know all of your treatment options as well as the pros and cons of each treatment, so you can make the decision that works best for you. Contact Oakwood Dental for your dental implant consultation.