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When you lose your teeth, it can and does affect your smile, your self-confidence, and your overall self-esteem. We have been using options, such as bridges and dental implants, for several years now as they are ideal options when you have missing teeth that need replacement. Each technique is unique in how it can help. To find out the best options you have for your specific situation, we recommend reaching out to us here at David Crumpton, DDS so we can explain what your best option for replacement would be.
Dental implants are special because they work with your body in ways that bridges simply cannot do. When we place an implant, the abutment acts like the original root of your tooth did. It even goes so far as to fuse with your natural jawbone, making it incredibly strong and dependable. On top of that post, you get a crown that looks and feels just like your regular tooth. Outside of professionals like us, no one will likely ever know you have a dental implant unless you tell them.
When you lose a tooth, the bone where the tooth originally was starts to break down because the jaw does not see any need to have it there anymore. When you replace the root with an implant, the jaw gets stimulated and sees how important that bone is. Overall, this leaves the bone healthier than if you left it following a tooth being extracted or lost.
When you get a dental bridge, you have a set of false teeth that are put together to cover a gap where a tooth once was. This is often attached to the surrounding teeth that are still there. While this may be an ideal option in some cases, the fact that it has to be put on original teeth you currently have makes for a slightly more complicated situation. Those teeth need to be ground down to hold the bridge, making them slightly more susceptible to damage in the future. However, they are capped, keeping them as protected as possible.
In most instances, we have found people do well when we combine these procedures. Instead of putting in a bridge that sits on top of teeth that you still have, we can put a single implant in where a few teeth once were. From there, we can place a bridge on top of that implant, and it will hold the bridge in place securely. This protects the surrounding teeth while still allowing for the jawbone to stay solid and healthy.
If you have missing teeth and want to find out which solution would be in your best interest, it is best to call our professionals and ask. Come in and consult with one of the experts here at David Crumpton, DDS and let us discuss what your options are. Our number is 817-678-7395 and we are here, ready and waiting to answer any questions you may have.