When it comes time for a patient to replace missing teeth, the dentists at Summit Dental like to take the time to explain all the options as well as the advantages and challenges associated with any procedure. When considering crowns and bridges versus dental implants, the deciding factor for many people throughout the Treasure Valley is the higher cost of implants. Although porcelain crowns and bridges are a sound investment, there are several reasons you may want to consider dental implants instead.
When a dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth, it is designed to attach to existing teeth for support. For this purpose, the supporting teeth must be crowned. In order to be crowned a natural tooth must be shaved down. Unlike your other teeth, it will forever require a crown to protect it.
Boise crowns and bridges can however result in diminished gum tissue due to bone resorption. Bone resorption is a declining mass of bone that occurs when the roots of teeth are missing from the jaw bone. When this happens a gap can become visible between the bottom of the bridge and the top of the gum tissue.
Boise dental implants on the other hand recreate the presence of the roots of a tooth and help to stop the process of bone resorption. When a dental implant is placed, it doesn’t require the support of neighboring teeth. Instead, dental implants are held by the jaw bone just like a natural tooth. This helps to restore the natural function of biting and chewing.
For people with several missing teeth, one or two dental implants can often be enough to support a bridge of teeth. Dental implants are made from a material that successfully bonds with your jaw bone. When properly placed and maintained, an implant can last a lifetime. The best part? Boise dental implants do not decay or compromise the well-being of surrounding natural teeth. Unlike crowns and bridges, they become a permanent part of you in a way that enhances your overall Boise dental health.
While the initial costs of implants vs. crowns and bridges is a bit higher, the advantages over time provide a wise investment when compared to other tooth replacement options.
If you are considering your options for replacing missing teeth, call us at (208) 314-2275 to schedule an appointment at Summit Dental. We will help discuss your options so that you can make an informed decision that best suits your individual needs.