April 22, 2017
It’s hard to hide that gap in your smile. When you lost that tooth, you might have thought about just dealing with it. Do you really need all your teeth? Actually, you do. Missing a tooth can lead to difficulty chewing, talking, or looking normal. There are health problems as well, such as your other teeth sliding out of alignment and jawbone deterioration.
There is a solution: Call our Kansas City, MO dental office today at 816-399-5539 and schedule an appointment. Dr. Stiver and Dr. Cummings are both expertly trained to offer two ways to replace a lost tooth. But is a dental implant or a dental bridge best for you?
You Need To Replace That Tooth Soon
When it comes to dental or medical problems, you rarely get something that takes care of itself. Sure, colds come and go, but a broken bone or an infection just gets worse. That’s certainly true with a lost tooth. The longer you go without it, the more you’ll have to deal with problems like these:
- Food can hit your exposed gum painfully.
- Your self-esteem is less because you know your smile looks odd.
- You could have trouble pronouncing words correctly.
- Certain hard or chewy foods can be harder to chew.
- Your teeth will slide towards the gap and grow crooked.
That’s why you need to call us today. Restorative dentistry treatments are needed to help you avoid those problems. Besides, isn’t it about time you stopped trying to hide that gap in your smile?
Tooth Replacement Options
At the Dental Care Center of South Kansas City, you can choose between two replacement options for your missing tooth, Both feature a replacement tooth that will be durable but natural-looking in your smile. They just have different ways of keeping that replacement in the gap.
- Dental implants use an artificial tooth root made from titanium. Our dentists will carefully implant the root in your jawbone, then attach the replacement tooth to it.
- Dental bridges use two dental crowns, one on each tooth next to the gap. Then the replacement is bonded to those crowns, holding it firmly in place.
Comparing Dental Implants And Dental Bridges
But which one is best? That depends on your needs. Here are how dental implants and dental bridges compare in four areas: maintenance, affordability, durability, and health.
Dental restorations like these will require you do some work to keep it looking great and working right. However, both dental implants and dental bridges really don’t need anything out of the ordinary. If you can brush, floss, and visit our Kansas City, MO dental office regularly like you already should, then both dental restorations will be just fine.
AFFORDABILITY: DENTAL BRIDGES
Dental implants have an artificial root placed in your jawbone. This requires oral surgery, which can drive the price up a bit. But dental bridges avoid surgery by using those two dental crowns to firmly hold the replacement in the gap. That means dental bridges are almost always more affordable for replacing a lost tooth.
DURABILITY: DENTAL IMPLANTS
If you want a dental restoration that lasts a long time, then you want dental implants. While dental bridges are easy to maintain, they normally have to be replaced every 10 years or so. That’s because the bond with the dental crowns can weaken after 10 years of chewing. Because dental implants use a root, they can last 20 years or longer.
HEALTH: DENTAL IMPLANTS
Your natural teeth have roots. These go into your jawbone, and when you chew, pressure travels down the root and stimulates the bone tissue. When you’ve lost a tooth, you’ve also lost that stimulation. A dental bridge doesn’t help with this any, but a dental implant comes with an artificial root to keep your jawbone healthy.
Call us TODAY at 816-399-5539 or use our convenient online form to replace a lost tooth. While dental implants are often better, what’s best for you depends on your particular situation. Our dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth and listen carefully to what you want. Together, you can finally get that dental restoration you need.