Once a tooth has been completely lost as opposed to being infected, you are really left with the option of a bridge or an implant. If you have been a regular visitor to your local dentist, prior to the tooth falling out or being extracted, a root canal procedure has often been performed, which cleans out the infected matter inside the tooth, leaving the outer shell, which can be salvaged by utilizing a crown. A crown though needs something to sit upon, so once the tooth has gone completely, it is no longer an option. The simplest and cheapest option at this point is the dental bridge.
The dental bridge is a replacement tooth which is made to perfectly fill the gap that has been left behind, and much as its name suggests is seated upon the two teeth either side of the gap, effectively bridging the space. Bridges have been used by dentists for a very long period of time and have proven effective at providing something that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but which is effective for chewing and eating too. It does however rely on the adjacent teeth that have to be ground down so as to be able to provide the necessary supporting structure. There is also a potential issue of gradual receding gums, where it is possible for the base of the bridge to become exposed.
The condition of the surrounding teeth can influence the decision as to whether or not, a bridge is a good or viable option anyway, and if not, the dental implant is really the only way forward. It has a great many benefits over the bridge, although more costly, in that once in place, it looks, feels and works exactly the same as a natural tooth, and should not provide you with any problems for a very long time, if you practice good oral hygiene. The implant is made by drilling into the bone of the jaw, and inserting a titanium post. Titanium has the amazing feature of bonding directly onto bone in a process called osseointegration. A crown will be subsequently fitted, matching your remaining teeth for a perfectly natural look.
Making The Choice
There are pro’s and con’s for both tooth replacement options, and in every individual case thorough discussion with your dentist to choose what is best for you is advisable. Dental implants by Face Value Dental might be right for some, with bridges better for others. If the teeth adjacent to the gap require fillings, root canals or other assistance, the bridge may well solve three problems in one go. The bridge costs a fair bit less, at least initially, though after ten years or so, may require additional work, with the associated costs, while an implant is essentially maintenance free.
Bone density might be a deciding factor, as some people will require a bone graft before insertion of a post is possible. Your dentist knows your dental history and what is going on inside your mouth better than anyone, so for every person, his advice of the best way forward is essential to guide you appropriately. Implants are becoming the preferred option, though your individual circumstances may decree otherwise, and you should ensure you know all there is about your personal situation, before making the decision.